10/19/2021 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44, 1 Timothy 3:1-16, Psalms 88:1-18, Proverbs 25:20-22

Today is the 19th day of October welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I’m Brian it is a pleasure and joy to be here with you today for the next step forward together around the Global Campfire that we share. And that the next step forward will lead us back into the book of Jeremiah in the Old Testament and into the letter, the first letter…well…the letter to Timothy known as first Timothy in the New Testament. And, so, let’s dive in. Jeremiah chapter 33 and 34 today.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You. We thank You for Your word. We often when…when…when we become grateful and we consider the gift and we start thinking of all the different facets and all of the different nuances of the Scriptures that have touched our lives just in the recent weeks, but throughout this year, we’re far enough into this year now that we’re beginning to see that things change when we commit ourselves to each day immersing ourselves and interacting with the Scriptures. And, so, it’s very evident that though we might not be able to explain it things are shifting. The motivations of our hearts are shifting. Our countenance is shifting. The things that drive us are changing. You are transforming us. This is called sanctification. It’s a process but we are in process and each day as we meditate upon the Scriptures takes us a little bit further, transforms us a little bit more. And, so, we open ourselves to You Holy Spirit to continue this transformation within us by Your power, the power of the Spirit of the living God, but also through the gift and the Council of the Bible. So, come Holy Spirit and continue to lead us into all truth. Lead us forward, deeper into Jesus we ask. Amen.

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Community Prayer and Praise:

Hey this is Blessed to Serve, and I am calling on October 15th after hearing a young lady who moved across the country with her family, her two children and her husband hoping and praying that that would be a…the answer as far as helping them to have a better life and…and she’s struggling with the fact that it’s not gotten easier. And I just want to say that, you know, I definitely am praying for you. And I can relate in that a lot of my life, I’m older, but a lot of my life I had that same feeling of…of, you know, “where are you God” at times.  And I just want to tell you to just please, please, please, please spend, you know, just more time in God’s word and just keep crying out to Him in the day, in the morning, and night and just ask Him. And we’re going to pray with you. I am, for him to reveal to you how wonderful He is, how solid He is, how strong He is and how He has never left your side. He’ll never leave us or forsake us and He loves you and we all love you too. We thank you so much for sharing that. I just could feel your hurt. Be blessed…

Father God thank you so much for the Daily Audio Bible, for Brian, Jill, and their family and everyone who allows God to use their talents to bring your word to the world basically at this point. This family is growing and getting deeper roots by the year. I’ve been listening for about 12 years and the girl that called in this morning prompted me to be a first-time caller. You did not leave your name, but you were talking about moving across the country to better your life. And I would just like to say God loves you sweetheart. He is never…you’re never alone. He is always by your side. So, if I could talk to my younger self who did not know God at the time and had a moment with her, I would say take His hand Anne let Him lead you. Just be calm and try to have some peace. And look from the outside looking in. Look at all you do. You can find some gift in there that is something to be grateful for every single day. And you can start nurturing that ability and you’ll be able to let God help you see the beauty in your life and not only the pain. And I’m so sorry that you’re having to go through whatever you’re going through. I would like to lift up Victoria Soldier from the loss of her brother. I lost my brother when I was 17 and I’m so sorry sweetheart. It’s a terrible thing to go through. Asia, I’m praying for a miracle for you. And thank you Cindy for calling in about your brother and we’ll continue to pray for him. And I never thought I’d actually call in but God bless you all.

Hello, Daily DABbers this is Esther from Georgia. This is my first time calling in and I just have to say I’m just loving this Daily Audio Bible. I’ve been doing it for a couple of months. My daughter told me about it and I just love it. My heart goes out to so many of you that are struggling and having issues in your lives. And sometimes you just feel like where is God. But I do want to lift up Laura from Georgia whose son is Christopher Nettles. The lady that moved across country, you never gave your name, to get a better life with your family and things didn’t turn out right. Denise whose daughter Candace is having a Job experience and Kathy in Kentucky who’s very lonely and needs to supplement her income. I just pray in the name of Jesus that God will lift up every one of your prayer requests and your heart’s desire for your children and for your families, that God is still on the throne, and never will He leave you, never will He forsake you. It may feel like it but he’s there and I pray God would give you the touch that you need. Kathy, I pray God will send you someone that will be a friend to you, that will help you through these days and that will guide you on the things you need to do to supplement your income. I pray all this in the precious name of Jesus. Amen.

Hi this is Tammy from the Adirondacks it’s October 15th and I’m calling to give encouragement to the young woman who called in that moved her family across country and to Asia, I think you said your name was, from Chicago. You’re not alone. Both of you young girls, you’re not alone. God is with you. He will never leave you and He will never forsake you. And I know those moments. I know those moments too well when it feels like He’s not there. He is there and it’s the patience that we have to endure as Christians to…to get through these trials and…and these seasons that we go through. But lean into Him, press into Him, know you’re not alone. You have me and you have an entire DAB family community that are praying for you both all of the world. You are you’re never alone. God is always with you. He says in His word trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct your paths. So, I pray that you two will find comfort in His arms and know that I love you, that you are so loved, and that the days will get better. It’s hard but they will get better one day at a time. Love you both. Bye. God bless.

Hello, my DAB family this is Jamie in New Jersey standing on the word of God. Pray with me. Dear Father in heaven thank You for this day. We praise You for who You made us to be, where You have placed us, and the people You have surrounded us with. We pray that we learn to soak in Your steadfast love and mercies each day. Father today we remind ourselves that everyone who calls themselves a Christian is in essence a teacher of the faith because we represent You to the outside world. What we say and do is a testimony to our faith and beliefs to honor Your great love and passion for all mankind. Let us represent Jesus well to all our family and friends. Lord we want to be a testimony of Your ability to transform a life yet some of us failed to acknowledge where we were when You came to rescue us. We don’t want others to see our scars. There’s not a single one of us who doesn’t have some scars on our souls from the things we’ve been through in the past. It’s just life. But these are scars and not open wounds. These scars on our souls they are part of who we are. They attest to what we have been through, and these scars will speak of the healing You have given us. Father You love us scars and all. These scars are beautiful and Your site. These scars on our soul show that we belong to Jesus. Help us to not hide our past but rather use it as a testimony of Your love, compassion, grace and mercy. May we draw others into Your loving arms. Thank You for all that You will do for our lives today. We pray in Jesus’ name. Amen. Thank you, my brothers and sisters for praying along with me. I hold each of you in my hearts. May God bless you.

Hey family this is Mike from New York City. Rather odd happening tonight. I’m working as a medic on a film set and we were shooting in New Jersey and this one guy I had been talking to, you know, the past three weeks, cool guy, we were just chatting about jobs and…and different places we’ve traveled. And I was sharing with him one story about crashing on a bike and how God saved me from falling off a cliff. And he got really hostile, like really hostile like against God. So, he must have some kind of hurt there. And then I shared with him just some testimony and some stories and he got really hostile and pretty much said I’m an idiot and I can’t have science or medical aptness and have faith as well. And he just kind of insulted me but other than, you know, that he really does not believe in God and has something against him. So, I’m going to ask you to pray. His name is Mark. Yeah…and he…he does film he does processing and a lot of back end work. But he has a hurt against God. I don’t know where, I don’t know if he’ll talk to me anymore. But just pray that God softens his heart, and he can use me as His vessel. And that I don’t mess it up. Thank you. Bye-bye.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Tuesday October 19, 2021 (NIV)

Jeremiah 33-34

Restoration Promised

33 Then the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the second time, while he was still confined in the court of the guard, saying, “Thus says the Lord who made the earth, the Lord who formed it to establish it—the Lord is His name, ‘Call to Me and I will answer you, and tell you [and even show you] great and mighty things, [things which have been confined and hidden], which you do not know and understand and cannot distinguish.’ For thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, concerning the houses of this city and the houses of the kings of Judah which are torn down to make a defense against the siege ramps and against the sword,(A) ‘While they (the besieged Jews) are coming to fight against the Chaldeans and to fill the houses with the dead bodies of men whom I have slain in My anger and in My wrath, for I have hidden My face [in disgust] from this city because of all their wickedness. Behold, [in the restored Jerusalem] I will bring to it health and healing, and I will heal them; and I will reveal to them an abundance of peace (prosperity, security, stability) and truth. I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel and will rebuild them as they were at first. I will cleanse them from all their wickedness (guilt) by which they have sinned against Me, and I will pardon (forgive) all their sins by which they rebelled against Me. Jerusalem will be to Me a name of joy, praise and glory before all the nations of the earth which will hear of all the good that I do for it, and they shall fear and tremble because of all the good and all the peace (prosperity, security, stability) that I provide for it.’

10 “Thus says the Lord, ‘Yet again there will be heard in this place of which you say, “It is a [desolate] waste, without man and without animal”—even in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without animal— 11 the [sound of the] voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of the bride, the [song-filled] voice of those who say,

“Give praise and thanks to the Lord of hosts,
For the Lord is good;
For His [steadfast] lovingkindness (mercy) endures forever”;

and of those who bring a thank offering into the house of the Lord. For I will restore the fortunes of the land as they were at first,’ says the Lord.

12 “Thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘There will again be in this desolate place—[a place] without man or animal—and in all its cities, pastures for shepherds who rest their flocks. 13 In the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the lowland, in the cities of the South (the Negev), in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem and in the cities of Judah, the flocks will again pass under the hand of the one who counts them,’ says the Lord.

The Davidic Kingdom

14 ‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will fulfill the good word and promise which I have made regarding the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15 In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He (the Messiah) shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth.(B) 16 In those days Judah will be saved and [the people of] Jerusalem will live in safety; and this is the name by which she will be called: the Lord Our Righteousness (Justice).’ 17 For thus says the Lord, ‘David shall never lack a man (descendant) to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; 18 and the Levitical priests shall never lack a man (descendant) to offer burnt offerings before Me and to burn grain offerings and to prepare sacrifices all day long.’”

19 The word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, 20 “Thus says the Lord, ‘If you can break My covenant for the day and My covenant for the night, so that day and night do not take place at their appointed times, 21 then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant so that he will not have a son to reign on his throne, and [My covenant may also be broken] with the Levitical priests, My ministers. 22 As the host of [the stars of] heaven cannot be counted and the sand of the sea cannot be measured, so I will multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.’”

23 And the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah, saying, 24 “Have you not noticed what this people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families [Israel the northern kingdom, and Judah the southern kingdom] which the Lord chose, He has rejected’? Thus they despise My [chosen] people, no longer are they [considered] as a nation in their sight. 25 Thus says the Lord, ‘If My covenant with day and night does not stand, and if I have not established the fixed patterns of heaven and earth, [the whole order of nature,] 26 then I would [also] reject the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, not taking from his descendants rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But I will restore their fortunes, and will have mercy on them.’”(C)

A Prophecy against Zedekiah

34 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord when Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon and all his army, with all the kingdoms of the earth that were under his sovereignty and all the peoples, were fighting against Jerusalem and against all of its cities: “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Go and speak to Zedekiah king of Judah and tell him: “Thus says the Lord, ‘Behold, I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will set it on fire and burn it down. You will not escape from his hand, for you will definitely be captured and handed over to him; you will see the king of Babylon eye to eye, and he will speak with you face to face; and you will go to Babylon.’”’ Yet hear the word of the Lord, O Zedekiah king of Judah! Thus says the Lord concerning you, ‘You will not die by the sword. You will die in peace; and as spices were burned for [the memory and honor of] your fathers, the former kings who reigned before you, so shall a [ceremonial] burning be made for you; and people will lament (grieve) for you, saying, “Alas, lord (master)!”’ For I have spoken the word,” says the Lord.

Then Jeremiah the prophet spoke all these words to Zedekiah king of Judah in Jerusalem when the army of the king of Babylon was fighting against Jerusalem and against all the remaining cities of Judah, against Lachish and Azekah, for these were the [only] fortified cities among the cities of Judah.

The word came to Jeremiah from the Lord after King Zedekiah had made a covenant (solemn pledge) with all the [Hebrew] people who were [slaves] in Jerusalem to proclaim liberty to them: that every man should let his Hebrew slaves, male and female, go free, so that no one should make a slave of a Jew, his brother. 10 So all the princes and all the people who had entered into the covenant agreed that everyone would let his male servant and his female servant go free, and that no one would keep them in bondage any longer; they obeyed, and set them free. 11 But afterward they backed out [of the covenant] and made the male servants and the female servants whom they had set free return [to them], and brought the male servants and the female servants again into servitude.

12 Therefore the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah from the Lord, saying, 13 “Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, ‘I made a covenant (solemn pledge) with your forefathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, saying, 14 “At the end of seven years each of you shall set free his Hebrew brother who has sold himself [into servitude] or who has been sold to you and has served you six years, you shall release him from [serving] you; but your forefathers did not listen [submissively] to Me or obey Me.(D) 15 So then you recently turned and repented, doing what was right in My sight, each man proclaiming release [from servitude] to his countryman [who was his bond servant]; and you had made a covenant before Me in the house which is called by My [a]Name. 16 Yet you backed out [of the covenant] and profaned My Name, and each man took back his servants, male and female, whom had been set free in accordance with their desire, and you brought them into servitude [again] to be your male servants and your female servants.”’

17 “Therefore says the Lord, ‘You have not obeyed Me; you have not proclaimed liberty to your brother and your countryman. Behold (listen very carefully), I am proclaiming liberty to you—[liberty to be put] to the sword, [liberty] to [be ravaged by] the virulent disease, and [liberty] to [be decimated by] famine,’ says the Lord; ‘and I will make you a horror and a warning to all the kingdoms of the earth. 18 The men who have violated My covenant, who have not kept the terms of the solemn pledge which they made before Me when they split the [sacrificial] calf in half, and then afterwards walked between its separated pieces [sealing their pledge to Me by placing a curse on themselves should they violate the covenant—those men I will make like the calf]!(E) 19 The princes of Judah, the princes of Jerusalem, the high officials, the priests, and all the people of the land who passed between the parts of the calf, 20 I will give into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their lives. And [like the body of the calf] their dead bodies will be food for the birds of the sky and the beasts of the earth. 21 Zedekiah king of Judah and his princes I will place into the hand of their enemies and into the hand of those who seek their life, and into the hand of the army of the king of Babylon which has withdrawn from you. 22 Behold, I am going to command [the Chaldeans who rule Babylon],’ says the Lord, ‘and I will bring them back to this city; and they will fight against it and take it and set it on fire. I will make the cities of Judah a desolation without inhabitant.’”

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 34:15 See note Deut 12:5.
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1 Timothy 4

Apostasy

But the [Holy] Spirit explicitly and unmistakably declares that in later times some will turn away from the faith, paying attention instead to deceitful and seductive spirits and doctrines of demons, [misled] by the hypocrisy of liars whose consciences are seared as with a branding iron [leaving them incapable of ethical functioning], who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from [certain kinds of] foods which God has created to be gratefully shared by those who believe and have [a clear] knowledge of the truth. For everything God has created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with gratitude; for it is sanctified [set apart, dedicated to God] by means of the word of God and prayer.

A Good Minister’s Discipline

If you point out these instructions to the [a]brothers and sisters, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, constantly nourished [through study] on the words of the faith and of the good [Christian] doctrine which you have closely followed. But have nothing to do with irreverent folklore and silly myths. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness [keeping yourself spiritually fit]. For physical training is of some value, but godliness (spiritual training) is of value in everything and in every way, since it holds promise for the present life and for the life to come. This is a faithful and trustworthy saying worthy of full acceptance and approval. 10 It is for this that we labor and strive [often called to account], because we have fixed our [confident] hope on the living God, who is the [b]Savior of all people, especially of those who believe [in Him, recognize Him as the Son of God, and accept Him as Savior and Lord].

11 Keep commanding and teaching these things. 12 Let no one look down on [you because of] your youth, but be an example and set a pattern for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in [moral] purity. 13 Until I come, devote yourself to public reading [of Scripture], to preaching and to teaching [the sound doctrine of God’s word]. 14 Do not neglect the spiritual gift within you, [that special endowment] which was intentionally bestowed on you [by the Holy Spirit] through prophetic utterance when the [c]elders laid their hands on you [at your ordination]. 15 Practice and work hard on these things; be absorbed in them [completely occupied in your ministry], so that your progress will be evident to all. 16 Pay close attention to yourself [concentrate on your personal development] and to your teaching; persevere in these things [hold to them], for as you do this you will ensure salvation both for yourself and for those who hear you.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Timothy 4:6 Lit brethren.
  2. 1 Timothy 4:10 God is the Savior of all mankind in the sense that Jesus’ sacrifice is sufficient for the entire world (1 John 2:2); however, personal faith is essential for salvation.
  3. 1 Timothy 4:14 Or presbytery.
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Psalm 89:1-13

The Lord’s Covenant with David, and Israel’s Afflictions.

A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem, of Ethan the Ezrahite.

89 I will sing of the goodness and lovingkindness of the Lord forever;
With my mouth I will make known Your faithfulness from generation to generation.

For I have said, “Goodness and lovingkindness will be built up forever;
In the heavens [unchangeable and majestic] You will establish Your faithfulness.”

[God has said] “I have made a covenant with My chosen one;
I have sworn to David My servant,

I will establish your seed forever
And I will build up your throne for all generations.”(A) Selah.


The heavens (angels) praise Your wonders, O Lord,
Your faithfulness also in the assembly of the holy ones.

For who in the heavens can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the divine beings is like the Lord,

A God greatly feared and reverently worshiped in the council of the holy [angelic] ones,
And awesome above all those who are around Him?

O Lord God of hosts, who is like You, O mighty Lord?
Your faithfulness surrounds You [as an intrinsic, unchangeable part of Your very being].

You rule the swelling of the sea;
When its waves rise, You still them.(B)
10 
You have crushed Rahab (Egypt) like one who is slain;
You have scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.

11 
The heavens are Yours, the earth also is Yours;
The world and all that is in it, You have founded and established them.(C)
12 
The north and the south, You have created them;
Mount Tabor and Mount Hermon shout for joy at Your name.
13 
You have a strong arm;
Mighty is Your hand, Your right hand is exalted.

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Proverbs 25:23-24

23 
The north wind brings forth rain;
And a backbiting tongue, an angry countenance.
24 
It is better to live in a corner of the housetop [on the flat roof, exposed to the weather]
Than in a house shared with a quarrelsome (contentious) woman.(A)

Cross references:

  1. Proverbs 25:24 : Prov 21:9
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10/18/2021 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44, I Timothy 3:1-16, Psalm 88:1-18, Proverbs 25:20-22

Today is the 18th day of October, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is great to be here with you today. As we move forward, take the next step through the Scriptures, which is an everyday activity around here, around the Global Campfire. We will be continuing our journey through the book of Jeremiah; today, Jeremiah chapter 31 verse 27 through 32 verse 44.

Commentary:

Okay, so in our reading in I Timothy today we encounter criteria that Paul was putting in place for those in church leadership and he discusses two different functions. The role of the overseer or what we would now call Pastor and the office of the diaconate or deacons and their representations throughout the different denominations in the Christian faith are varied. Certainly, especially with deacons. So, I mean, pretty much no matter what church you go to, even if you were to go to a nondenominational church, it’s pretty likely that this reference, as well as a couple of other references in the pastoral epistles, are used as criteria for determining whether or not a person has the correct gift mix to do the task because it’s not an easy task. Like a pastor has to watch over the spiritual well-being and health of the community that they’ve been put in charge of before God on behalf of the Lord Jesus. So, we’re in a culture now that you can look really cool and you can look really cool and you can be really cool and you can be a pastor but and that’s fine, but behind it all, if that pastor it isn’t in the position, simply to be seen than it is a very, very difficult job. It is the job of a shepherd and so I Timothy lays out some criteria is to be examined and so let’s examine those because maybe you feel a call, maybe you’re a seminary student, or maybe you feel a call toward ministry in some kind of capacity. This is how you would self-gauge, like this is how you would begin a discernment process within your own heart. Understanding what you’re going to need to be able to fulfill that role, but also just for those of us who are a part of a faith community, it’s good to know what the Bible expects of our spiritual leaders. And so, according to I Timothy chapter 3, a pastor must be a man whose life is above reproach. He must be faithful to his wife. He needs to have self-control and have wisdom and live in wisdom. Have a good reputation. He needs to be hospitable. He needs to be able to teach. He can’t be a violent or over the top with wine or drink. He needs to be gentle, not quarrelsome and not be over obsessed with money. He needs to be able to manage and lead his family well and have children who respect and are obedient because they respect him. And he mustn’t be a brand-new believer because he might become proud and that’s easy enough, and then the devil could cause him to fall. And people outside the church need to have respect and speak well so that he won’t be disgraced and fall into a trap. And so, a pastor’s ultimate job is to shepherd the people and care for their spiritual health or well-being. The deacons, the office of the diaconate was given and we saw that formed the book of Acts when there was a problem with food distribution. So, the deacons are to care for the needs of people’s lives, of their physical lives and to care for the community itself. So, a Deacon is to assist the overseer or the pastor in caring for the people. And there were some criteria given for that office and those criteria are: a Deacon must be well respected and have integrity, they can’t be heavy drinkers, they can’t be dishonest with money, they have to be committed to the mystery of the faith, and they must be able to live with clear consciences, their wives to be respected and can’t be gossips or slanderers, they, the deacon needs to exercise self-control and be faithful in what they do and what their assigned to do, the deacon has to be faithful to his wife, he has to manage his households and take care of his family. And so, if you’ve ever wondered, like how do, you know, how do people get into ministry. There are any number of pathways, but at some point, those seeking ordained ministry are highly likely to encounter these particular passages in the pastoral epistles and they are highly likely to be used, in part, at least as a template for assessing a person’s life and their calling. And so, let’s pray for our spiritual leaders.

Prayer:

And Jesus, it is no small task to be called in the direction of lowering one’s self down below and low in service to be a servant leader, a caretaker of Your people. A stand-in on Your behalf. The physical representation of Your ministry in this world. It is no small thing. It is a worthy thing. It is a necessary thing, but it is no small thing. And so, we pray for those in spiritual leadership. We pray for our pastors and our deacons throughout the earth. It is an extraordinarily rewarding thing, but an extraordinarily challenging thing to fulfill this call and so we pray Holy Spirit that You would blow throughout the earth a refreshing wind into the souls of those who have been navigating some of the strangest times certainly of our lifetime, but some of the strangest times and just trying to figure out how to lead and care for and find new ways of doing those things while facing some really, really significant challenges in the world. So, we ask Holy Spirit for Your help, that You would strengthen our pastors, that You would strengthen the deacons throughout the earth, that You would encourage them and that You would use us to be encouraging vessels that we might give words of encouragement as well. Give them strength, give them honor and nobility and stamina, help them to fight cynicism and fatigue, we ask in your precious name, for the sake of your body in this world. Amen.

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Prayer and Encouragements:

Good morning this is Darren from College Station and I am calling in regards to a lady who didn’t leave her name, but it aired on today’s podcast, the 15th of September. It was the first prayer requests played. Basically, she said that she was, had moved across country and made a lot of sacrifices, things have gone from difficult to remaining difficult. She said she was losing faith. I just wanted to encourage you that we all go through this. I’ve gone through different seasons in my life where things have gone from difficult to worse and it seemed like there was no point to having faith but that’s just a lie from the enemy. You need to recognize it as a lie from the enemy and denounce that lie and hold onto the truth that we find in Scripture and that will give you the strength to make it through. God doesn’t promise that things will get easy, but He promises to give us the strength to make it through. So, the only thing we can do is hold onto the truths that have been given to us but if we accept the lies from the enemy, then, then our faith will be weakened and I know I have done that in the past and I’m sure I’ll do it again in the future, but hopefully I can remind you and remind myself to rely on the truths that are in Scripture and to rely on the truths that we get from the Holy Spirit. Love you sis, chow.

Good morning, this is my first-time calling in. I’m gonna stay anonymous. I’m just coming this morning for prayer. I’ve been struggling with depression for the past, I want to say maybe six months, and it’s been getting worse every day. I have a loving family; 6 beautiful children and a husband that love me but inside I feel so empty and so alone. I feel like no one is there for me knowing that my family is but, it’s just been really hard on me lately to stay focused on my, in my ministry and…and as being a mother as well and a wife, it’s just been really hard for me. And I just come to ask for prayer that God may intervene in my life and strengthen me when I feel weak and to give me that strength that I need when the enemy is coming against my mind and telling me things that are not true. I know that there’s a praying church and I’m just asking for prayer. That you may just lift me up. Thank you and God bless.

Good morning, everyone, it’s Val in Vegas. Oh my gosh I love you DAB family. Hey, it’s the 15th of the month, your reporter here in Vegas, checking in, just calling to say I love you guys. All is well; it’s almost 30 days since my procedure and I feel amazing. I’ve seen my surgeon three times since then. She says that I’m healing perfectly, and I just wanted to say thank you guys or everyone because I don’t know, just I don’t know crazy, crazy, crazy, crazy, the devil. But I know the best thing always is to do is to share with your family so that they can pray for you and be specific right. Leave names guys, so that we can lift those people up. And so, let’s lift people up right now. Lord God, thank You for this amazing community. Lord, they are demolitions. O, I love everyone here at the DAB. God Lord, please bless Brian and Jill and China and little E Lord, O God Lord. Just give them the energy and strength that they need to continue to read the word to us and to share enlightenment with us Lord. O Gosh I love this community. Lord God, we pray right now for anyone that might be having any mental health issues. Lord, we know as the holidays come that people feel more burdened Lord and maybe more alone. And God, I gotta say, sometimes I feel like that myself. I pray for us that Your peace You bequeath to us Lord and that we have peace that passes all understanding and God most importantly just use us Lord. Use use to bring more people to the kingdom in your mighty name Jesus. Amen. You guys go out make a great weekend. I love you.

Hey, this is Mary calling from Virginia. And I wanted to call in and lift up a lady who called in asking for prayer. She moved across the country and she was just feeling defeated and discouraged. So Lord, I just pray for her this morning as she has just shared that she’s struggling, that her faith is struggling, that she’s struggling to see how Your working. Father, I pray that You would show her in a tangible way, how You’ve been holding her all along and that You’ve been walking with her through the struggles since she was a child. And God, I pray that You would renew the hope of her salvation. Lord, Your word says in Psalms 34:19 that many are the afflictions of the righteous but the Lord delivers them from all. So, God, may you be her deliverer. May You show her just in fresh and new ways that You are faithful. That You have never left her, never will You forsake her. Encourage her today, Lord. I pray against the enemy that would try to lie and discourage and make her feel defeated. Father, I pray that she would know that she’s victorious in You and that she is an overcomer by the blood of the lamb and the word of her testimony. And Lord, that You brought her this far as a testimony to Your goodness. Remind her that You’re her Abba Father, I pray in Jesus name. Amen. Be encouraged today.

This is Kathy from Kentucky. I called in a prayer request a couple weeks ago for a new job because I need extra money cause I’m lonely, board and broke. Well, yesterday I got a new job working in a shopping center for alcoholic addicts and homeless people. And I am very happy and today I listened and somebody was praying for me. I can’t remember your name but thank you. And I just wanted to give that praise report. I’ll post it on the DAB friends Facebook page. Thank you for praying for me. I’m, that’s it, thank you.

Good morning, Daily Audio Bible friends and family. I’ve never left a message before; this is Christy from Arizona. But I was so moved by the girl who left a message just today it was released. Moving across the country and sacrificing so much to do so and just your heart sweet daughter, your precious heart. I too, understand everything that you said. It just completely resonated with me and I want you to know that I reached that point about a year ago. That I will never forget just sitting outside in the cold, shaking, crying saying God, I can’t, I don’t get it, I don’t understand. Where are you? Why did you even create me? Why on earth am I even here? This doesn’t make any sense. So, everything you said, everything you shared just moved my heart to tell you and encourage you. There is hope. He is light and He is with you. And you’re about to have a breakthrough. I promise. He’s coming for you. He’s coming for you. His Spirit desires your heart more than anything in the world. He knows you. He sees you. He loves you. And you will have breakthrough. Just look for Him. Listen to His voice. Stay in His word. Keep catching up with your Daily Audio Bible. Keep getting your face in the word so that your heart can be open to it and He will move. And I can tell you I’m in a completely different place today because of Him and you will be too. Love you.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Monday October 18, 2021 (NIV)

Jeremiah 31:27-32:44

A New Covenant

27 “Behold (listen carefully), the days are coming,” says the Lord, “when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and with the seed of beast. 28 It will be that as I have watched over them to uproot and to break down, to overthrow, destroy, and afflict with disaster, so I will watch over them to build and to plant [with good],” says the Lord.

29 
“In those days they will not say again,
‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes,
And the children’s teeth are set on edge.’(A)

30 But everyone will die [only] for his own wickedness; every man who eats sour grapes—his [own] teeth shall be set on edge.

31 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “when I will make a new covenant with the [a]house of Israel (the Northern Kingdom) and with the house of Judah (the Southern Kingdom),(B) 32 not like the covenant which I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, although I was a husband to them,” says the Lord. 33 “But this is the covenant which I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” says the Lord, “I will put My law within them, and I will write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they will be My people. 34 And each man will no longer teach his neighbor and his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they will all know Me [through personal experience], from the least of them to the greatest,” says the Lord. “For I will forgive their wickedness, and I will no longer remember their sin.”(C)

35 
Thus says the Lord,
Who gives the sun for light by day
And the fixed order of the moon and of the stars for light by night,
Who stirs up the sea’s roaring billows or stills the waves when they roar;
The Lord of hosts is His name:
36 
“If this fixed order departs
From before Me,” says the Lord,
“Then the descendants of Israel also will cease
From being a nation before Me forever.”

37 Thus says the Lord,

“If the heavens above can be measured
And the foundations of the earth searched out below,
Then I will also cast off and abandon all the descendants of Israel
For all that they have done,” says the Lord.

38 “Behold, the days are coming,” says the Lord, “when the city [of Jerusalem] will be rebuilt for the Lord from the [b]Tower of Hananel to the Corner Gate. 39 The measuring line will go out farther straight ahead to the hill Gareb; then it will turn to [c]Goah. 40 And the whole valley (Hinnom) of the dead bodies and [the hill] of the ashes [long dumped there from the temple sacrifices], and all the fields as far as the brook Kidron, to the corner of the Horse Gate toward the east, shall be holy to the Lord. It (the city) will not be uprooted or overthrown anymore to the end of the age.”(D)

Jeremiah Imprisoned

32 The word that came to Jeremiah from the Lord in the tenth year of Zedekiah king of Judah, which was the eighteenth year of [d]Nebuchadnezzar. Now at that time the army of the king of Babylon was besieging Jerusalem, and Jeremiah the prophet was shut up in the court of the guard, which was in the house of the king of Judah. For Zedekiah [the last] king of Judah had locked him up, saying, “Why do you prophesy [disaster] and say, ‘Thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am giving this city into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he shall take it; and Zedekiah king of Judah will not escape from the hand of the [e]Chaldeans, but he will surely be given into the hand of the king of Babylon, and he will speak with him face to face and see him eye to eye; and he will lead Zedekiah to Babylon, and he will be there until I visit him [for evaluation and judgment],” says the Lord. “If you fight against the Chaldeans, you will not succeed”’?”(E)

And Jeremiah [answered King Zedekiah and] said, “The word of the Lord came to me, saying, ‘Behold (listen carefully), Hanamel the son of Shallum your uncle is coming to you, saying, “Buy my field that is in [f]Anathoth, for you have the right of redemption to buy it [in accordance with the law].”’ Then Hanamel my uncle’s son came to me in the court of the guard in accordance with the word of the Lord, and he said to me, ‘Please buy my field that is at Anathoth, which is in the land of Benjamin, for you have the right of inheritance and the redemption is yours; buy it for yourself.’ Then I knew that this was the word of the Lord.

“I bought the field that was at Anathoth from Hanamel my uncle’s son, and weighed out the money for him, seventeen shekels of silver. 10 I signed the deed and sealed it, and called in witnesses, and weighed out the money on the scales. 11 So I took the deeds of the purchase, both the sealed copy containing the terms and conditions, and the unsealed copy; 12 and I gave the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, the son of Mahseiah, in the sight of Hanamel my uncle’s son and in sight of the witnesses who signed the purchase deed, in the presence of all the Jews who were sitting in the court of the guard. 13 And I commanded Baruch in their presence, saying, 14 ‘Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Take these deeds, both this purchase deed which is sealed and this unsealed deed, and put them in an earthen jar, that they may last a long time.” 15 For thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Houses and fields and vineyards will again be purchased in this land.”’

Jeremiah Prays and God Explains

16 “Now when I had delivered the purchase deed to Baruch the son of Neriah, I prayed to the Lord, saying, 17 ‘Ah Lord God! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! There is nothing too difficult or too wonderful for You— 18 You who show lovingkindness to thousands, but repay the wickedness (sin, guilt) of the fathers into the bosom of their children after them [that is, calling the children to account for the sins of their fathers], O great and mighty God; the Lord of hosts is His name; 19 great [are You] in counsel and mighty in deed, whose eyes are open to all the ways of the sons of men, to reward or repay each one according to his ways and according to the fruit of his deeds; 20 who set signs and wonders in the land of Egypt, and even to this day [continues to do so] both in Israel and among mankind; and You have made a name for Yourself, as at this day. 21 You brought Your people Israel out of the land of Egypt with signs and wonders, with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with great terror; 22 and gave them this land, which You swore to their forefathers to give them, a land [of plenty] [g]flowing with milk and honey. 23 They entered and took possession of it, but they did not obey Your voice or walk in Your law; they have done nothing of all that You commanded them to do. Therefore You have caused all this disaster and suffering to come upon them. 24 See the siege ramps [of mounded earth that the enemy has built against the walls]; they have come up to the city to capture it. And the city is given into the hand of the Chaldeans [of Babylon] who fight against it, because of the sword, the famine and the virulent disease [that have overcome the people]. What You have spoken has come to pass, and behold, You see it. 25 Yet, O Lord God, You said to me, “Buy the field with money and get witnesses,” even though the city is given into the hands of the Chaldeans.’”

26 Then came the word of the Lord to Jeremiah, saying, 27 “Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is there anything too difficult for Me?” 28 Therefore thus says the Lord, “Behold, I am about to give this city into the hand of the Chaldeans and into the hand of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, and he will take it. 29 The Chaldeans who are fighting against this city will come in and set this city on fire and burn it, along with the houses on whose roofs incense has been offered to Baal and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods to provoke Me to anger.(F) 30 For the children of Israel and the children of Judah have done only evil in My sight from their youth; for the children of Israel have been provoking Me to anger by the [idols that are the] work of their hands,” says the Lord. 31 “From the day that they built it [during the reign of [h]Solomon], even to this day, this city has been such a provocation of My anger and My wrath, that I must remove it from My sight,(G) 32 because of all the evil of the children of Israel and of the children of Judah which they have done to provoke Me to anger—they, their kings, their princes, their priests, their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem. 33 They have turned their back to Me and not their face; though I taught them repeatedly, yet they would not listen and receive instruction. 34 But they put their detestable things (idols) in the house which is called by My [i]Name, to defile it. 35 They built the high places [for worship] of Baal in the Valley of Ben-hinnom (son of Hinnom) to make their sons and their daughters pass through the fire to [worship and honor] Molech—which I had not commanded them nor had it entered My mind that they should do this repulsive thing, to cause Judah to sin.(H)

36 “Now therefore thus says the Lord God of Israel concerning this city of which you say, ‘It is given into the hand of the king of Babylon by sword and by famine and by virulent disease.’ 37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries to which I have driven them in My anger, in My wrath and in great indignation; and I will bring them back to this place and make them live in safety. 38 They will be My people, and I will be their God; 39 and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may [reverently] fear Me forever, for their own good and for the good of their children after them. 40 I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will do them good and not turn away from them; and I will put in their heart a fear and reverential awe of Me, so that they will not turn away from Me.(I) 41 I will rejoice over them to do them good, and I will faithfully plant them in this land with all My heart and with all My soul. 42 For thus says the Lord, ‘Just as I have brought all this great disaster on this people, so I am going to bring on them all the good that I am promising them. 43 Fields will be bought in this land of which you say, “It is desolate, without man or animal; it is given into the hands of the Chaldeans.” 44 People will buy fields for money, sign deeds, seal them, and call in witnesses in the land of Benjamin, in the places around Jerusalem, in the cities of Judah, in the cities of the hill country, in the cities of the lowland, and in the cities of the South (the Negev); for I will restore their fortunes and release them from exile,’ says the Lord.”

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 31:31 The kingdom was united under David and his successor, Solomon, but split after Solomon’s son, Rehoboam became king.
  2. Jeremiah 31:38 Many times after the days of the Old Testament, Jerusalem was destroyed. Travelers in later centuries reported it to be an almost deserted city—its buildings were ruins filled with rubble, its inhabitants were few. Yet not only did God’s word declare that it would be rebuilt, but also drew a detailed word map of the outline the city would follow—from a well-known tower to the gate at a certain corner, then on over a particular hill, coming now outside the walls of the original city and taking in a large area marked by familiar landmarks. Eight recognizable details are given here, and Zechariah adds another (14:10). Also, the city’s expansion was to be toward the northwest. Twenty-five hundred years later, in 1935, the prophecy had been fulfilled, as if indeed with God’s “measuring line” (v 39). So unlikely seemed this prophecy’s fulfillment that some early commentators suggested that it should be interpreted spiritually.
  3. Jeremiah 31:39 The exact location of Goah remains unknown.
  4. Jeremiah 32:1 In Hebrew there are two ways of spelling the name of the ruler of Babylon resulting in two English variations: Nebuchadnezzar and Nebuchadrezzar.
  5. Jeremiah 32:4 The ruling tribe in Babylonia.
  6. Jeremiah 32:7 See note 1:1.
  7. Jeremiah 32:22 This phrase referred to the abundant fertility of the land of Canaan. Milk (typically that of goats and sheep) was associated with abundance; “honey” referred mainly to syrups made from dates or grapes and was the epitome of sweetness. Bees’ honey was very rare and was considered the choicest of foods.
  8. Jeremiah 32:31 Solomon was the first king of Israel to participate in idolatry.
  9. Jeremiah 32:34 See note Deut 12:5.
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1 Timothy 3

Overseers and Deacons

This is a faithful and trustworthy saying: if any man [eagerly] seeks the office of [a]overseer (bishop, superintendent), he desires an excellent task. Now an overseer must be blameless and beyond reproach, the husband of one wife, self-controlled, sensible, respectable, hospitable, able to teach, not addicted to wine, not [b]a bully nor quick-tempered and hot-headed, but gentle and considerate, free from the love of money [not greedy for wealth and its inherent power—financially ethical]. He must manage his own household well, keeping his children under control with all dignity [keeping them respectful and well-behaved] (for if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?). and He must not be a new convert, so that he will not [behave stupidly and] become conceited [by appointment to this high office] and fall into the [same] condemnation incurred by the devil [for his arrogance and pride].(A) And he must have a good reputation and be well thought of by those outside the church, so that he will not be discredited and fall into the devil’s trap.

[c]Deacons likewise must be men worthy of respect [honorable, financially ethical, of good character], not double-tongued [speakers of half-truths], not addicted to wine, not greedy for dishonest gain, but upholding and fully understanding the mystery [that is, the true doctrine] of the [Christian] faith with a clear conscience [resulting from behavior consistent with spiritual maturity]. 10 These men must first be tested; then if they are found to be blameless and beyond reproach [in their Christian lives], let them serve as deacons. 11 [d]Women must likewise be worthy of respect, not malicious gossips, but self-controlled, [thoroughly] trustworthy in all things. 12 Deacons must be husbands of only one wife, and good managers of their children and their own households. 13 For those who have served well as deacons gain a high standing [having a good reputation among the congregation], and great confidence in the faith which is [founded on and centered] in Christ Jesus.

14 I hope to come to you before long, but I am writing these instructions to you 15 in case I am delayed, so that you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in the household of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth. 16 And great, we confess, is the mystery [the hidden truth] of godliness:

He (Jesus Christ) who was revealed in human flesh,
Was justified and vindicated in the Spirit,
Seen by angels,
Preached among the nations,
Believed on in the world,
Taken up in glory.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Timothy 3:1 Or bishop.
  2. 1 Timothy 3:3 I.e. like a bully.
  3. 1 Timothy 3:8 Though the Greek word for “deacon” does not occur in Acts (only Paul uses it), it is generally thought that the origin of the office or ministry is found in Acts 6:1-6, where Luke reports that seven men were appointed to assist the church leaders in serving and ministering to members of the congregation.
  4. 1 Timothy 3:11 In Greek, the same word is used for both woman and wife. This verse may refer specifically to either deacons’ wives or deaconesses, rather than the congregation in general.

Cross references:

  1. 1 Timothy 3:6 : Is 14:12-14
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Psalm 88

A Petition to Be Saved from Death.

A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. To the Chief Musician; set to chant mournfully. A didactic or reflective poem of Heman the Ezrahite.

88 O Lord, the God of my salvation,
I have cried out [for help] by day and in the night before You.(A)

Let my prayer come before You and enter into Your presence;
Incline Your ear to my cry!

For my soul is full of troubles,
And my life draws near the grave (Sheol, the place of the dead).

I am counted among those who go down to the pit (grave);
I am like a man who has no strength [a mere shadow],

[a]Cast away [from the living] and abandoned among the dead,
Like the slain who lie in a [nameless] grave,
Whom You no longer remember,
And they are cut off from Your hand.

You have laid me in the lowest pit,
In dark places, in the depths.

Your wrath has rested heavily upon me,
And You have afflicted me with all Your waves.(B) Selah.

You have put my friends far from me;
You have made me an [b]object of loathing to them.
I am shut up and I cannot go out.

My eye grows dim with sorrow.
O Lord, I have called on You every day;
I have spread out my hands to You [in prayer].

10 
Will You perform wonders for the dead?
Shall the departed spirits arise and praise You? Selah.
11 
Will Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave
Or Your faithfulness in Abaddon (the underworld)?
12 
Will Your wonders be known in the darkness?
And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness [where the dead forget and are forgotten]?

13 
But I have cried out to You, O Lord, for help;
And in the morning my prayer will come to You.
14 
O Lord, why do You reject me?
Why do You hide Your face from me?(C)
15 
I was afflicted and close to death from my youth on;
I suffer Your terrors; I am overcome.
16 
Your fierce wrath has swept over me;
Your terrors have destroyed me.
17 
They have surrounded me like flood waters all day long;
They have completely encompassed me.
18 
Lover and friend You have placed far from me;
My familiar friends are in darkness.

Footnotes:

  1. Psalm 88:5 Lit Set free. The ancient rabbis understood this to mean that once a man is dead, he is free from all religious duties.
  2. Psalm 88:8 Lit abomination to them.
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Proverbs 25:20-22

20 
Like one who takes off a garment in cold weather, or like [a reactive, useless mixture of] vinegar on soda,
Is he who [thoughtlessly] sings [joyful] songs to a heavy heart.(A)
21 
If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat;
And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;(B)
22 
For in doing so, you will [a]heap coals of fire upon his head,
And the Lord will reward you.

Footnotes:

  1. Proverbs 25:22 This expression may refer to an Egyptian custom in which a penitent man carried a pan of coals on his head as a sign of repentance. The message of these verses is the admonition to return good for evil in the hope that your enemy will be moved to repentance.
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10/17/2021 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 30:1-31:26, 1 Timothy 2:1-15, Psalms 87:1-7, Proverbs 25:18-19

Today is the 17th day of October welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is fantastic to be here with you today as we greet a brand-new week. And in this brand-new week we will do what we do and pick up the story from where we left off yesterday and continue forward. This week we’ll read from the Amplified Bible. Today, Jeremiah chapter 30, verse 1 through 31 verse 26.

Prayer:

Father, we thank you for your word. We thank you for this brand-new beginning to a brand-new week, a shiny sparkly one, one that we’re walking into, one that will be made up of the decisions that we make. And we know this and we remind ourselves of this most every week because it reminds us that if we don’t slow down and walk with you than we’re gonna end up in a ditch somewhere. But we can slow down and walk with you and…and deal with everything that comes our way correctly. And, so, come Holy Spirit. That’s our desire. We want to finish this week better than how it is right now as we start it instead of making chaos and come here one week from now in the ditch. So, come Holy Spirit and help us in thought, word, and deed to acknowledge you in all things. We ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

Community Prayer and Praise:

Hi this is Ben Scangialosi and I’ve been listening to Daily Audio Bible for…this…I’m on my second year. And I love this. I love this family. I love the whole thing. And…and as I get close to God and listen to His word, I’m amazed that…that we can call Him Father, the whole Creator of the universe, the Creator of everything, that we actually we can call Him Papa, Father. And it’s changed my life. It’s changed my life. I get close to Him. Get to Him every day and the Holy Spirit works to my life. And when I wake up every day I…I want to be a reflection of His love to other people and make people joyful. And just polish my mirror every single day and pray for strength and guidance and be sensitive to His will, not what I desire but his will. And I encourage, I pray, and I challenge this family too share this. Share this to anyone, anyone because that’s our job. That’s what He wants. He wants His family back home, His kids. And share it. Just…that’s what I…that’s what I do every day just try to share to somebody. Just say, listen put 20 minutes, 30 minutes aside in your day and just listen to this. It will change everything. It will change your life. It will change your soul. It will change the way you think, the way you live, the way you love God…

Hello Daily Audio Bible this is Matthew from the United Kingdom. I just feel I should pray for Victoria Soldier. I’ve been praying for her in the background, but I feel she should hear this. Victoria Soldier I am with your spirit and I’m praying for you and the God of comfort will grant you the comfort that you need at this time, that you are mourning and grieving at the death of your brother. Just to let you know that we care for you, and we are praying for you. I don’t call in regularly, but I feel I should call in just to let you know how much we love you Victoria Soldier. Thank you, Brian and family for this wonderful podcast. I have been so blessed and I can’t do without the Daily Audio Bible. And our brother John in Sudan. Just to let you know that we are praying for you. I want to give a shout Biola and Maryland. Where have you been? I hope all is well and we are also praying for you. May the Lord bless you all. May the Lord uphold you. May the Lord turn His countenance towards you all. Be blessed. This is Matthew from the UK. Bye for now. Matthew.

Good morning, everyone this is Ivy. It’s been a while since I’ve called in for prayer requests and just to let you know how things are going. It’s been still rough. But I just wanted first of all to give a big thank you to just John. Thank you for your encouraging words about finding God outdoors especially, but we know he’s everywhere. Ironically, I’m going to be going on a camping trip again this weekend alone and I appreciate your sharing how you found Him alone. And I just am so grateful for your encouraging words. Just to catch a glimpse is what caught my attention. My brother is an artist and he’s been still struggling with the loss of his son who committed suicide almost two years ago this November. He’s getting back into his painting, and I swear that the paintings he’s been doing lately might be just a glimpse of God for him. He shared with me that he’s wanting to get back into ministry and I’m just grateful that God is in the midst of all this trouble that he’s gone through, is bringing him back. So, I praise you Lord for what you’re doing in his life and in my life and I continue to ask for prayer for myself since I feel like I’m still grieving and probably will be for the loss of my husband. It’ll be two years this April. I love you guys. Bye.

Hi this is Karen from California. I’m calling to pray for the young lady who called in about moving from across the country and she just feels like things are just getting worse and she just wants to give up her faith. And I just wanted to let you know that you’re not alone. I’ve gone through the same struggles maybe not exactly the same things but the situation where I just wanted to give up my faith and I just didn’t know what to do and I was hopeless. And it came to the point where I just asked God, you know, I I don’t know what to do anymore. I can’t do this anymore. And I just completely gave everything to Him. And I said Lord I…I’m desperate…I’m desperate before You. Like, I need You to guide me. I need You to take control of my life because we can’t, we can’t do it. You know, we can’t take control of everything. Only God can. And just have…just continue having that small faith that you have. Just crown yourself in it. Take one step at a time and know that God loves you and He is there for you even though you can’t feel Him, even though you can’t understand what's…why things are happening. But He is there for you. Lord heavenly Father I ask You Lord that You take this young lady Father God, that You help her Father in her struggles Lord that You guide her Father God, that the Holy Spirit can put love peace and kindness in her life Father God and that he give her the strength that she needs. In the name of Jesus Christ, I ask You Father. Everyone else that’s struggling with the same situation Father, that You can lift them up Father…

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Sunday October 17, 2021 (NIV)

Jeremiah 30:1-31:26

Freedom from Captivity Promised

30 The word which came to Jeremiah from the Lord: “Thus says the Lord God of Israel, ‘Write in a book all the words which I have spoken to you. For behold (hear this), the days are coming,’ says the Lord, ‘when I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah,’ says the Lord, ‘and I will return them to the land that I gave to their forefathers and they will take possession of it.’”

Now these are the words the Lord spoke concerning Israel and Judah:

“Thus says the Lord,

‘We have heard a terrified voice
Of panic and dread, and there is no peace.

‘Ask now, and see
Whether a man can give birth [to a child].
Why then do I see every man
With his hands on his [a]loins, as a woman in labor?
Why have all faces turned pale?

‘Alas! for that day is great,
There is none like it;
It is the time of Jacob’s [unequaled] trouble,
But he will be saved from it.(A)

‘It shall come about on that day,’ says the Lord of hosts, ‘that I will break the yoke off your neck and I will tear off your bonds and force apart your shackles; and strangers will no longer make slaves of the people [of Israel]. But they shall serve the Lord their God and [the descendant of] David their King, whom I will raise up for them.(B)

10 
‘Fear not, O Jacob My servant,’ says the Lord,
‘Nor be dismayed or downcast, O Israel;
For behold, I will save you from a distant land [of exile]
And your descendants from the land of their captivity.
Jacob will return and will be quiet and at ease,
And no one will make him afraid.
11 
‘For I am with you,’ says the Lord, ‘to save you;
For I will destroy completely all the nations where I have scattered you,
But I will not destroy you completely.
But I will judge and discipline you fairly
And will by no means regard you as guiltless and leave you unpunished.’

12 
“For thus says the Lord,
‘Your wound is incurable
And your injury is beyond healing.
13 
‘There is no one to plead your cause;
No [device to close and allow the] healing of your wound,
No recovery for you.
14 
‘All your lovers (allies) have forgotten you;
They do not seek and long for you.
For I have injured you with the wound of an enemy,
With the punishment of a cruel and merciless foe,
Because your guilt is great
And your sins are glaring and innumerable.
15 
‘Why do you cry out over your injury [since it is the natural result of your sin]?
Your pain is incurable (deadly).
Because your guilt is great
And your sins are glaring and innumerable,
I have done these things to you.
16 
‘Therefore all who devour you will be devoured;
And all your adversaries, every one of them, will go into captivity.
And they who plunder you will become plunder,
And all who prey upon you I will give for prey.
17 
‘For I will restore health to you
And I will heal your wounds,’ says the Lord,
‘Because they have called you an outcast, saying:
“This is Zion; no one seeks her and no one cares for her.”’

Restoration of Jacob

18 
“Thus says the Lord,
‘Behold (hear this), I will restore the fortunes of the tents of Jacob
And have mercy on his dwelling places;
The city will be rebuilt on its [old, mound-like] ruin,
And the palace will stand on its rightful place.
19 
‘From them (city, palace) will come [songs of] thanksgiving
And the voices of those who dance and celebrate.
And I will multiply them and they will not be diminished [in number];
I will also honor them and they will not be insignificant.
20 
‘Their children too will be as in former times,
And their congregation will be established before Me;
And I will punish all their oppressors.
21 
‘Their prince will be one of them,
And their ruler will come forward from among them.
I will bring him near and he shall approach Me,
For who is he who would have the boldness and would dare [on his own initiative] to risk his life to approach Me?’ says the Lord.
22 
‘Then you shall be My people,
And I will be your God.’”(C)

23 
Behold, the tempest of the Lord!
Wrath has gone forth,
A sweeping and gathering tempest;
It will burst on the head of the wicked.
24 
The fierce (righteous) anger of the Lord will not turn back
Until He has fulfilled and until He has accomplished
The intent of His heart (mind);
In the latter days you will understand this.

Israel’s Mourning Turned to Joy

31 “At that time,” says the Lord, “I will be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be My people.”


Thus says the Lord,
“The people who survived the sword
Found grace in the wilderness [of exile]—
Israel (the Northern Kingdom), when it went to find its rest.”

The Lord appeared to me ([b]Israel) from ages past, saying,
“I have loved you with an everlasting love;
Therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you and continued My faithfulness to you.(D)

“Again I will build you and you will be rebuilt,
O Virgin Israel!
You will again be adorned with your tambourines and [c]timbrels
And go out to the dances of those who celebrate.(E)

“Again you will plant vineyards
On the mountains of Samaria;
The planters will plant
And enjoy the [abundant] fruit [in peace].

“For there will be a day when the watchmen
On the hills of Ephraim cry out,
‘Arise, and let us go up to Zion,
To the Lord our God.’”


For thus says the Lord,
“Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob,
And shout for the first and foremost of the nations [the chosen people, Israel];
Proclaim, give praise and say,
‘O Lord save Your people,
The remnant of Israel!’

“Behold, I am bringing them from the north country,
And I will gather them from the remote parts of the earth,
Among them [will be] the blind and the lame,
The woman with child and she who labors in childbirth, together;
A great company, they will return here [to Jerusalem].

“They will come with weeping [in repentance and for joy],
And by [their] prayer [for the future] I will lead them;
I will make them walk by streams of waters,
On a straight path in which they will not stumble,
For I am a Father to Israel,
And Ephraim (Israel) is My firstborn.”

10 
Hear the word of the Lord, O you nations,
And declare it in the isles and coastlands far away,
And say, “He who scattered Israel will gather him
And will keep him as a shepherd keeps his flock.”
11 
For the Lord has ransomed Jacob
And has redeemed him from the hand of him who was stronger than he.
12 
“They will come and sing aloud and shout for joy on the height of Zion,
And will be radiant [with joy] over the goodness of the Lord
For the grain, for the new wine, for the oil,
And for the young of the flock and the herd.
And their life will be like a watered garden,
And they shall never sorrow or languish again.
13 
“Then the virgin will rejoice in the dance,
And the young men and old, together,
For I will turn their mourning into joy
And will comfort them and make them rejoice after their sorrow.
14 
“I will fully satisfy the soul of the priests with abundance,
And My people will be satisfied with My goodness,” says the Lord.

15 
Thus says the Lord,
“A [d]voice is heard in Ramah,
Lamentation (songs of mourning) and bitter weeping.
Rachel (Israel) is weeping for her children;
She refuses to be comforted for her children,
Because they are gone.”(F)

16 Thus says the Lord,

“Restrain your voice from weeping
And your eyes from tears,
For your work will be rewarded,” says the Lord;
“And your children will return from the enemy’s land.
17 
“There is [confident] hope for your future,” says the Lord;
“Your children will come back to their own country.
18 
“I have surely heard Ephraim (Israel) moaning and grieving,
‘You have chastised me, and I was chastised,
Like a bull unaccustomed to the yoke or an untrained calf;
Bring me back that I may be restored,
For You are the Lord my God.
19 
‘After I turned away [from You], I repented;
After I was instructed, I struck my thigh [in remorse];
I was ashamed and even humiliated
Because I carried the disgrace of my youth [as a nation].’
20 
“Is Ephraim My dear son?
Is he a darling and beloved child?
For as often as I have spoken against him,
I certainly still remember him.
Therefore My affection is renewed and My heart longs for him;
I will surely have mercy on him,” says the Lord.

21 
“Place for yourself road signs [toward Canaan],
Make for yourself guideposts;
Turn your thought and attention to the highway,
To the way by which you went [into exile].
Retrace your steps, O virgin of Israel,
Return to these your cities.
22 
“How long will you hesitate [to return],
O you faithless and renegade daughter?
For the Lord has created a [e]new thing in the land [of Israel]:
A woman will encompass (tenderly love) a man.”

23 Thus says the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, “Once more they will speak these words in the land of Judah (the Southern Kingdom) and in her cities when I restore their fortunes and release them from exile,

‘The Lord bless you, O habitation of justice and righteousness,
O holy mountain!’

24 And [the people of] Judah and all its cities will live there together—the farmer and they who wander about with flocks. 25 For I [fully] satisfy the weary soul, and I replenish every languishing and sorrowful person.” 26 At this I (Jeremiah) awoke and looked, and my [trancelike] sleep was sweet [in the assurance it gave] to me.

Footnotes:

  1. Jeremiah 30:6 The midsection of the body between the lower ribs and the hips.
  2. Jeremiah 31:3 Also referred to as Samaria, Ephraim, Jacob, and Rachel in this chapter.
  3. Jeremiah 31:4 Small one-headed drums.
  4. Jeremiah 31:15 The mourning at Ramah is associated with the cry of the mothers of the boy babies and toddlers of Bethlehem who would be killed by Herod the Great during his attempt to destroy young Jesus (Matt 2:17, 18). Rachel, Jacob’s favorite wife, was the mother of Joseph (Gen 35:24). The tribes descended from Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, were the most powerful in the Northern Kingdom.
  5. Jeremiah 31:22 This passage probably personifies Israel as an erring but deeply penitent wife, who will devote herself to winning back and being worthy of the love of her divine husband and Lord, who had rejected her.
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1 Timothy 2

A Call to Prayer

First of all, then, I urge that petitions (specific requests), prayers, intercessions (prayers for others) and thanksgivings be offered on behalf of all people, for [a]kings and all who are in [positions of] high authority, so that we may live a peaceful and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This [kind of praying] is good and acceptable and pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who [b]wishes all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge and recognition of the [divine] truth. For there is [only] one God, and [only] one Mediator between God and mankind, the Man Christ Jesus, who gave Himself as a ransom [a substitutionary sacrifice to atone] for all, the testimony given at the right and proper time. And for this matter I was appointed a preacher and an apostle—I am telling the truth, I am not lying [when I say this]—a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.

Therefore I want the men in every place to pray, lifting up holy hands, without anger and disputing or quarreling or doubt [in their mind].

Women Instructed

Likewise, I want women to adorn themselves modestly and appropriately and discreetly in proper clothing, not with [elaborately] braided hair and gold or pearls or expensive clothes, 10 but instead adorned by good deeds [helping others], as is proper for women who profess to worship God. 11 A woman must quietly receive instruction with all submissiveness. 12 I do not allow a woman to [c]teach or exercise authority over a man, but to remain quiet [in the congregation]. 13 For Adam was formed first [by God from the earth], then Eve;(A) 14 and it was not Adam who was deceived, but the woman who was led astray and [d]fell into sin.(B) 15 But women will be [e]preserved (saved) through [the pain and dangers of] the bearing of children [f]if they continue in faith and love and holiness with self-control and discretion.

Footnotes:

  1. 1 Timothy 2:2 Nero ruled as emperor of Rome at this time.
  2. 1 Timothy 2:4 Salvation is offered to everyone, but each individual must choose to accept or reject God’s gracious offer.
  3. 1 Timothy 2:12 The early church evidently followed Jewish practices in religious education. In Israel, mothers taught their daughters, and it was the father’s responsibility to teach his sons in all areas, including religious education. So Paul’s prohibitions here are consistent with the practices of his day.
  4. 1 Timothy 2:14 Lit has come to be in.
  5. 1 Timothy 2:15 This is considered one of the more difficult verses in the NT to interpret. Part of the difficulty is that the Greek verb rendered “preserved” is literally “saved,” which could refer either to physical preservation or to salvation. Some expositors interpret the verb as referring to the blessings of a woman’s role as wife and mother, especially in regard to raising godly children. However, the wording of the verse seen here reflects the interpretation that Paul is speaking, in broad terms, of protection from the dangers of childbirth.
  6. 1 Timothy 2:15 The blessings on a woman are the result of her adherence to the virtues listed.
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Psalm 87

The Privileges of Citizenship in Zion.

A Psalm of the sons of Korah. A Song.

87 His foundation is on the holy mountain.

The Lord loves the gates of Zion
More than all the dwellings of Jacob (Israel).

Glorious things are spoken of you,
O city of God [Jerusalem]. Selah.

“I will mention Rahab (Egypt) and Babylon among those who know Me—
Behold, Philistia and Tyre with Ethiopia (Cush)—
‘This one was born there.’”

But of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her,”
And the Most High Himself will establish her.

The Lord will count, when He registers the peoples,
“This one was born there.” Selah.

The singers as well as the players of flutes will say,
“All my springs and sources of joy are in you [Jerusalem, city of God].”

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Proverbs 25:18-19

18 
Like a club and a sword and a piercing arrow
Is a man who testifies falsely against his neighbor (acquaintance).
19 
Like a broken tooth or an unsteady foot
Is confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble.

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10/16/2021 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 28:1-29:32, I Timothy 1:1-20, Psalm 86:1-17, Proverbs 25:17

Today is the 16th day of October, welcome to the Daily Audio Bible. I am Brian. It is wonderful to be here with you today as we do what we do every day take another step forward in the Scriptures on the journey that we are on this year through the entire Bible, through an entire year. So, let’s pick up where we left off. We’re in the book of Jeremiah, we’ve been reading from the New Living Translation this week, which is what we’ll do today, Jeremiah chapter 28 and 29.

Introduction to I Timothy:

Okay, so we certainly have some stuff to talk about there but we’re moving into our New Testament portion of our reading today. Which brings us to some brand-new territory. Another letter, another Pauline letter, this one is known as first Timothy, this is a part of a collection of letters in the New Testament, known as the Pastoral letters or the Pastoral epistles, which is a letter and these…these pastoral the pastoral letters first and second Timothy and Titus, these are different kinds of letters because they’re not letters specifically written to a congregation, to a church in a region or a city, with the specific intention that it would be read aloud to the congregation like…like the pastor or priest or president, they called the pastors in some churches back then, they would stand in front of the congregation and read the letter as if Paul were doing the speaking, as if he were there in spirit. We even see him in spirit and some of the letters, that was the idea that these are the words from Paul there being read by another voice, but in spirit. This is what Paul has to say. These Pastoral epistles are little bit different in that their personal letters. Now, the very fact that we still have them would give us an indication that they were read and passed around the churches, but they were intended to be to two people, Timothy and Titus. And it’s also worth noting that these, among biblical scholars, are some of these letters, these pastoral epistles are debated about whether Paul wrote them himself, or whether they were written in his name, not to deceive people, but to carry on the tradition, and some of that comes from other things that we’ve talked about before, it…it seems to some biblical scholars that some of the development in the church governance policies outlined here, may have been formed later than in Paul’s life and so there’s a question about whether these letters continue on the tradition of Paul but maybe weren’t actually written by Paul. Of course, nobody knows that, we don’t have any of the originals. So, there are plenty of scholars and plenty of believers who were just hold to the tradition that these are letters from Paul, written to two of his sons in the faith who had become pastors themselves to help them in the role of a pastor or priest, a leader of the congregation, but to also give them authority, like the authority of a letter from the apostle Paul, that’s going to carry some weight in the credibility for Timothy and Titus. So, we’ll get to Titus soon enough, but we have these letters to Timothy first and so just understanding who Timothy is. I guess, for starters, we have to understand that we’ve already heard this name before, we’ve already seen Paul sending Timothy to other churches in other letters. And via the evidence that we have in the Bible. Timothy really was a son in the faith and really did grow up in the shadow of the apostle Paul’s ministry and gospel. We first met Timothy in the book of Acts, the book of Acts tells us that his mother’s name was Eunice and that he had a grandmother and her name was Lois and they were early believers in the city of Lystra which is modern-day Turkey now. Paul introduced the faith in Lystra which we read about the book of Acts, but Timothy and family were part of the hearers who became disciples of Paul and believers in Jesus. And so, Paul mentored Timothy, raised him up as a spiritual father and calls him as much. And then Timothy traveled a lot with Paul, like we were just saying a second ago, we’ve seen Timothy’s name before, we see Timothy mentioned in six of Paul’s other letters and it seems like Timothy’s kind of the first go-to person to send people in, to send somebody in when he himself, Paul, can’t travel and so we see him serving the churches. So, from reading this letter, we understand that Paul is actually coming to the end of his ministry and he’s nearing actually the end of his life. Timothy’s now pastor of the church in Ephesus, and so first Timothy was written from father to son right, spiritual father to son to give guidance and counsel and it’s full of love. It’s a personal letter and so let’s dive in I Timothy chapter 1.

Commentary:

Okay, so I know we already talked about I Timothy and kinda moving into that territory and so not to like have so much talking today but there’s, it’s just hard to pass by this particular passage in Jeremiah because it’s one of the most famous passages in the Scriptures, and is probably one of the most memorized and quoted verses in all of the Bible throughout the world and it’s one of the places since it’s such a popular verse that we all know it. It’s one of the places that we really get an up close and personal look at why context is important as we move our way through the Bible. So, like altogether, let’s quote Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” And that is very good news, those are good words, they’re comforting and so super easy to understand why we would say them to ourselves or why we would say them to a friend who is discouraged or why they would be preached from a pulpit. It’s a verse in the Bible, it’s important, but it brings an enormous amount of comfort and encouragement. But out of its context, it’s a very promising verse but it’s an even bigger deal than maybe we ever realize when we’re just passing it around as words of encouragement. So, we…we have to understand that Jerusalem has been conquered but the Babylonians have defeated and conquered Jerusalem. They have been in the process of deporting people to the different territories in Babylon. The Hebrews have essentially watched their homeland and the lives that they knew deteriorate and vanish before their very eyes. Some families have been broken apart and sent to different regions, people have died and are no longer a part of the story. Family members are gone and nobody knows where they’ve gone and so will they ever be found; will they ever be seen again. And those people who have been displaced from their families have to find a whole new life. Things are pretty upside down. Jeremiah is in Jerusalem. He’s witnessing the deportation, he’s witnessing the tumult right, the disruption of it all. Meanwhile, there are people in exile in Babylon who are trying to find some kind of new normal and there are prophets in Babylon who are telling everybody just endure, this is going to be over within a couple of years and we’ll all be going home. Which is a super, super-duper encouraging prophecy that happened to be a false prophecy not from God at all. So, Jeremiah is in Jerusalem, and he writes a letter to the exiles in Babylon and it’s in that letter that the famous verse, Jeremiah 29:11 happens. It’s a sentence in a letter. It’s not a stand-alone thought, it can be a standalone thought, but it’s out of context with…with the letter that it is included in. And so, let’s go back to the letter because that will give us context for the verse. In the letter, Jeremiah, and he’s speaking to people who have been deported from their homeland right, we…that’s context. The people receiving this letter have been deported from their homeland and are trying, in whatever way to figure out what the new normal, and what life can be, while they grieve and lament and long and yearn to go home where they lived, where they were raised, where they were raising their families. Jeremiah says and I quote, “build homes and plan to stay, plant gardens and eat the food they produce, marry and have children, then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply, do not dwindle away and work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.” Right, so if you receive this letter, then it doesn’t sound like this is going to be over in a couple of years, like the prophets were saying. In fact, quoting from the letter, “This is what the Lord says, you will be in Babylon for 70 years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again, for I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” Okay in context, it’s a different story and it flies in the face of what the exiled prophets are saying about this being over quick. What the Lord was saying is you’re going to be there for a generation right, you’re going to be there for a while. So, if you’re trying to hunker down thinking this is gonna be over in two years and you’re just gonna do whatever it takes to survive, that would be a mistake. You need to plant roots. And this is a hard message for these people. This is not the message they want to receive, in fact they are trying to do everything they can to reject it and to reject Jeremiah for giving it, but in fact it is exactly what did happen. So, what the real message in this letter and the real message in context around this verse is a little different than the way that we quote it because we quote it to be comforting as if this is going to be like the prophets in exile. This is going to be a quick fix. When what God was saying is, I have sent you somewhere for a reason, you were warned for decades. You’re going to be there for a while. It’s not going to be a quick fix. It wasn’t a quick thing that got you into the mess that would allow the Babylonians to destroy you. It’s going to take a minute, it’s gonna take a generation, so you need to settle down and you need to settle in and you need to multiply. You need to try to thrive. You need to expand and not disintegrate. You need to plan on getting married and then you need to plan on finding spouses for the children that you have, this going to take a minute and you need to thrive. You need to grow, you need to increase and not decrease and so you’re gonna have to get on board with the program, you’re going to have to pray for the city that you’re in because that cities welfare is very, very much going to be tied to your own welfare. You’re gonna have to get with the program and you have permission to do well. You have permission to excel, you have permission to thrive. You may not want to be where you are. It’s going to take some time but you have permission to do well where you are while you’re waiting for the plans that I have for you to come to fruition. That is different and perhaps even more deeply comforting to our souls for those of us who are enduring and waiting for change that doesn’t seem like it will ever come. We can rest in the fact that it will because there are plans, but we can also have permission to do well right now, we can thrive as best as we can, right here right now where we are, while we’re waiting. And so, that gives us a little bit of a picture of context and why it’s often really, really important surrounding very, very quoted passages of Scripture because the message is even deeper than we thought and the hope is even greater. Certainly, we all want a quick fix. Who doesn’t want the quick fix? We all, just, what if we could just snap our fingers and make all of the things that we want to be moved out of our lives, out of our lives and just insert all of the good things. We’d do it, we want, but life doesn’t work that way and we know it. Everything moves in seasons. Everything takes time to develop. It’s a gift, actually, because we always have the chance to look at where were going and decide to repent to change our minds, to move in another direction before we hit the brick wall. And if anything, Jeremiah shows us this. There was plenty of time to change course, they didn’t change course, they were conquered and taken into exile. God has not forgotten or abandoned them, but they’re going to have to live out what they made for themselves, but rather than just feeling defeated and completely destroyed, they have been given permission to do well and so have we.

Prayer:

And so, Father, we invite You into that, those of us who are waiting. Lots of us are waiting for something to change, something in us, something in somebody we love, something in a situation that we have to deal with constantly, whether in community or at work. There’s always opportunity for us to endure, which is, much as we hate it, a good thing. But as we cry out to you and wait, we grow weary in our well doing and You’re giving us permission to strengthen ourselves, to smile again. Maybe we’re not right where we want to be and things aren’t how we would like them to be but this is a process and we are given permission to smile in it, to thrive in it, to follow you through it because you have plans. And so, come Holy Spirit and help us to do just that. We begin by relaxing not on a couch. We just, in our spirit, exhale all of the anxiety and stress that we’re just carrying around, looking for something to change. We can exhale and open our hands to You. Understanding that we’re following you, not the other way around. We’ve been impatient with You because You’re not moving quick enough, as if You’re following us. Instead, we open our hands and smile again in our souls, knowing that You have plans, it’s gonna be fine. We just have to keep putting one foot in front of the other. And we have permission to do well at it. Holy Spirit come into this we pray because we need it so bad. We need this to sink in so badly. So, help us we pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Good morning, it’s the morning of October 12th. This is Lawrence from California. I want to leave this message for Kathy from Kentucky. Kathy, you called in on October 8th and I’m praying for you. Your message was so straightforward, so open, so honest, it went right to my heart. So, I’m asking the Lord that you get that job, that your money worries will be eased, that you’ll be able to get out of the house and not be lonely at times. And I hope very much that the Lord gives you the comfort of knowing that he lives in your house with you. And also, for myself, I want to wish you all the best, this is Lawrence from California, thank you everybody.

Good morning DAB family, God Bless you all. It’s been such a long time since I’ve called in. It’s just been a really rough few weeks for me. And, you know, it’s just been really rough. And, the weariness of my soul, but I’m hanging in there, hanging in there, I’m still listening. And I’m just trusting in God. You know, certain things still has not changed but God has given me the strength to just, just stay close to Him, clinging to Him and trusting in Him. And so, with that being said I’m calling in for Trent from Rockville, yes, you know, I thank God that the Lord put this person in your path, you know, as you were working in construction supervisor years ago. And how you asked him, what do you have to lose by going to church with your wife, praise You Jesus. Amen. You know, and now you believe he is still going to church today as a result of him going then. Thank You Lord, thank You. Victorious Soldier, I’m so sorry for your loss of your brother and know that you are being prayed for and the rest of my family. You know, life hits us and sometimes it knocks us down and the problem is not that we get knocked down, the problem is when we don’t get back up. So, I got knocked down really, really bad and my children are you know, separated from each other and from me. God, I am trusting God and as much as that has hurt me I am trusting in Him. And I want to ask everyone of us to trust in Him in our darkest moments because He’s there, He doesn’t leave us. I love you, Esther.

Hi, DAB family. This is Aussie Bear from Australia. I discovered this app two weeks ago today. And, it has been a life-changing. I love it, I tune in every day. Because I’m in Australia, we’re a day ahead so, I listen to Brian’s talk in the morning the day after he uploads it. And I listen to Jill and the Chronological Bible on the evening of the day it’s uploaded. So, that’s become my routine. And so, like it’s currently October 13th and it’s just after 6am. And, I’ve just finished listening to yesterday’s podcast and I just am blown away, I’m blown away by the reading each day. And I’m blown away by Brian and Jill’s messages that follow each reading. And then I’m blown away by the prayer. We all know that there is such power in prayer and it just hugs my heart to hear the love that comes out through all these voices around the world. And, already just after two weeks I feel apart of it. And I’m running out of time but quickly I just wanted to say I love, at the end of Brian’s messages each day, the I love you. I don’t hear I love you very often so that means everything. Cya.

Hi, everyone it’s Kristy from Kentucky. I wanted to call and let our sister Victorious Solider know how much that we love you and we are asking the Lord to wrap His arms around you and to comfort you in a way that only He can do. You are such a woman of excellence, such an example, we love you so much sister. Thank you for your prayers, thank you for your faith, thank you for the strength that you show in Christ, it blesses each of us. Also, I wanted to let Byron know that I’m praying. Byron for your wife. There’s so many of you, just want you to know that I’m praying for you as I listen along. I’m praying with every request I hear. And also, I wanted to ask if you would please pray for our precious Annette from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. I was so privileged to get a voice chat with her today and she scared. And Father, please, Father please, just touch and heal our Annette. Lord, Your beautiful daughter. Father, we just ask in Your precious name, heal her we pray in Your name. We love You, we love You Lord. Alright everyone, I just wanted to call because my heart was just saddened when I saw her. You know, it’s just hard and she’s just very sad. Please pray for that joy to be quickly infused back into our friend, along with God’s healing. I love you guys; I pray each of you are having a most blessed and lovely day today.

Hi guys, hey family, this is Janice calling from Phoenix area, Arizona. And I just wanted to say that I listen every day, I write you down in my book and I pray, pray, pray for you. Now, I’m asking you if you would help me pray for my best friend, I call her Smitty. We’ve known each other for 50 years and I brought her to the Lord. Smitty’s son Michael is in the grip of drugs. Michael has a family. Michael is trying to get cleaned. Michael is angry and he’s running from the Lord but, let’s just pray that God’s hand from heaven will follow him and eventually soften the man’s heart. So, Smitty and Michael are in California. Thank you all so very much. I love you so much, I can’t even stand it. If you don’t have it, The God of Your Story, that book is so fun to keep on track.

I’m calling with a prayer of encouragement. I just want to say, to whoever needs it, just stay strong in the Lord. And rejoice in your suffering and find that joy. The Lord is there with you and He will lift you up. Surrender yourself to the will of God. The only way that you can save your life is by losing it. So, whatever you’re going through, just fall into the Lord. Now, is the time to lean in. Now, is the time to acknowledge that you do not have the answers, that you cannot mark your steps but just give it up to God and let Him help you and let Him work for you. He wants to help you but He wants to be invited in. So, please, whoever needs to hear this, if anyone needs to hear this, I just would, you know, pray over you, the courage to find joy in your suffering and to lean into the Lord, that you would let the Lord your God, help you. I call upon Jesus and I pray in His name. Amen.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Saturday October 16, 2021 (NIV)

Jeremiah 28-29

Jeremiah Condemns Hananiah

28 One day in late summer[a] of that same year—the fourth year of the reign of Zedekiah, king of Judah—Hananiah son of Azzur, a prophet from Gibeon, addressed me publicly in the Temple while all the priests and people listened. He said, “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: ‘I will remove the yoke of the king of Babylon from your necks. Within two years I will bring back all the Temple treasures that King Nebuchadnezzar carried off to Babylon. And I will bring back Jehoiachin[b] son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, and all the other captives that were taken to Babylon. I will surely break the yoke that the king of Babylon has put on your necks. I, the Lord, have spoken!’”

Jeremiah responded to Hananiah as they stood in front of all the priests and people at the Temple. He said, “Amen! May your prophecies come true! I hope the Lord does everything you say. I hope he does bring back from Babylon the treasures of this Temple and all the captives. But listen now to the solemn words I speak to you in the presence of all these people. The ancient prophets who preceded you and me spoke against many nations, always warning of war, disaster, and disease. So a prophet who predicts peace must show he is right. Only when his predictions come true can we know that he is really from the Lord.”

10 Then Hananiah the prophet took the yoke off Jeremiah’s neck and broke it in pieces. 11 And Hananiah said again to the crowd that had gathered, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Just as this yoke has been broken, within two years I will break the yoke of oppression from all the nations now subject to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon.’” With that, Jeremiah left the Temple area.

12 Soon after this confrontation with Hananiah, the Lord gave this message to Jeremiah: 13 “Go and tell Hananiah, ‘This is what the Lord says: You have broken a wooden yoke, but you have replaced it with a yoke of iron. 14 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: I have put a yoke of iron on the necks of all these nations, forcing them into slavery under King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon. I have put everything, even the wild animals, under his control.’”

15 Then Jeremiah the prophet said to Hananiah, “Listen, Hananiah! The Lord has not sent you, but the people believe your lies. 16 Therefore, this is what the Lord says: ‘You must die. Your life will end this very year because you have rebelled against the Lord.’”

17 Two months later[c] the prophet Hananiah died.

A Letter to the Exiles

29 Jeremiah wrote a letter from Jerusalem to the elders, priests, prophets, and all the people who had been exiled to Babylon by King Nebuchadnezzar. This was after King Jehoiachin,[d] the queen mother, the court officials, the other officials of Judah, and all the craftsmen and artisans had been deported from Jerusalem. He sent the letter with Elasah son of Shaphan and Gemariah son of Hilkiah when they went to Babylon as King Zedekiah’s ambassadors to Nebuchadnezzar. This is what Jeremiah’s letter said:

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says to all the captives he has exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem: “Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce. Marry and have children. Then find spouses for them so that you may have many grandchildren. Multiply! Do not dwindle away! And work for the peace and prosperity of the city where I sent you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, for its welfare will determine your welfare.”

This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let your prophets and fortune-tellers who are with you in the land of Babylon trick you. Do not listen to their dreams, because they are telling you lies in my name. I have not sent them,” says the Lord.

10 This is what the Lord says: “You will be in Babylon for seventy years. But then I will come and do for you all the good things I have promised, and I will bring you home again. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. 12 In those days when you pray, I will listen. 13 If you look for me wholeheartedly, you will find me. 14 I will be found by you,” says the Lord. “I will end your captivity and restore your fortunes. I will gather you out of the nations where I sent you and will bring you home again to your own land.”

15 You claim that the Lord has raised up prophets for you in Babylon. 16 But this is what the Lord says about the king who sits on David’s throne and all those still living here in Jerusalem—your relatives who were not exiled to Babylon. 17 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says: “I will send war, famine, and disease upon them and make them like bad figs, too rotten to eat. 18 Yes, I will pursue them with war, famine, and disease, and I will scatter them around the world. In every nation where I send them, I will make them an object of damnation, horror, contempt, and mockery. 19 For they refuse to listen to me, though I have spoken to them repeatedly through the prophets I sent. And you who are in exile have not listened either,” says the Lord.

20 Therefore, listen to this message from the Lord, all you captives there in Babylon. 21 This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says about your prophets—Ahab son of Kolaiah and Zedekiah son of Maaseiah—who are telling you lies in my name: “I will turn them over to Nebuchadnezzar[e] for execution before your eyes. 22 Their terrible fate will become proverbial, so that the Judean exiles will curse someone by saying, ‘May the Lord make you like Zedekiah and Ahab, whom the king of Babylon burned alive!’ 23 For these men have done terrible things among my people. They have committed adultery with their neighbors’ wives and have lied in my name, saying things I did not command. I am a witness to this. I, the Lord, have spoken.”

A Message for Shemaiah

24 The Lord sent this message to Shemaiah the Nehelamite in Babylon: 25 “This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: You wrote a letter on your own authority to Zephaniah son of Maaseiah, the priest, and you sent copies to the other priests and people in Jerusalem. You wrote to Zephaniah,

26 “The Lord has appointed you to replace Jehoiada as the priest in charge of the house of the Lord. You are responsible to put into stocks and neck irons any crazy man who claims to be a prophet. 27 So why have you done nothing to stop Jeremiah from Anathoth, who pretends to be a prophet among you? 28 Jeremiah sent a letter here to Babylon, predicting that our captivity will be a long one. He said, ‘Build homes, and plan to stay. Plant gardens, and eat the food they produce.’”

29 But when Zephaniah the priest received Shemaiah’s letter, he took it to Jeremiah and read it to him. 30 Then the Lord gave this message to Jeremiah: 31 “Send an open letter to all the exiles in Babylon. Tell them, ‘This is what the Lord says concerning Shemaiah the Nehelamite: Since he has prophesied to you when I did not send him and has tricked you into believing his lies, 32 I will punish him and his family. None of his descendants will see the good things I will do for my people, for he has incited you to rebel against me. I, the Lord, have spoken!’”

Footnotes:

  1. 28:1 Hebrew In the fifth month, of the ancient Hebrew lunar calendar. The fifth month in the fourth year of Zedekiah’s reign occurred within the months of August and September 593 B.c. Also see note on 1:3.
  2. 28:4 Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin.
  3. 28:17 Hebrew In the seventh month of that same year. See 28:1 and the note there.
  4. 29:2 Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin.
  5. 29:21 Hebrew Nebuchadrezzar, a variant spelling of Nebuchadnezzar.
New Living Translation (NLT)

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1 Timothy 1

Greetings from Paul

This letter is from Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus, appointed by the command of God our Savior and Christ Jesus, who gives us hope.

I am writing to Timothy, my true son in the faith.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord give you grace, mercy, and peace.

Warnings against False Teachings

When I left for Macedonia, I urged you to stay there in Ephesus and stop those whose teaching is contrary to the truth. Don’t let them waste their time in endless discussion of myths and spiritual pedigrees. These things only lead to meaningless speculations,[a] which don’t help people live a life of faith in God.[b]

The purpose of my instruction is that all believers would be filled with love that comes from a pure heart, a clear conscience, and genuine faith. But some people have missed this whole point. They have turned away from these things and spend their time in meaningless discussions. They want to be known as teachers of the law of Moses, but they don’t know what they are talking about, even though they speak so confidently.

We know that the law is good when used correctly. For the law was not intended for people who do what is right. It is for people who are lawless and rebellious, who are ungodly and sinful, who consider nothing sacred and defile what is holy, who kill their father or mother or commit other murders. 10 The law is for people who are sexually immoral, or who practice homosexuality, or are slave traders,[c] liars, promise breakers, or who do anything else that contradicts the wholesome teaching 11 that comes from the glorious Good News entrusted to me by our blessed God.

Paul’s Gratitude for God’s Mercy

12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, 13 even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus.

15 This is a trustworthy saying, and everyone should accept it: “Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners”—and I am the worst of them all. 16 But God had mercy on me so that Christ Jesus could use me as a prime example of his great patience with even the worst sinners. Then others will realize that they, too, can believe in him and receive eternal life. 17 All honor and glory to God forever and ever! He is the eternal King, the unseen one who never dies; he alone is God. Amen.

Timothy’s Responsibility

18 Timothy, my son, here are my instructions for you, based on the prophetic words spoken about you earlier. May they help you fight well in the Lord’s battles. 19 Cling to your faith in Christ, and keep your conscience clear. For some people have deliberately violated their consciences; as a result, their faith has been shipwrecked. 20 Hymenaeus and Alexander are two examples. I threw them out and handed them over to Satan so they might learn not to blaspheme God.

Footnotes:

  1. 1:4a Greek in myths and endless genealogies, which cause speculation.
  2. 1:4b Greek a stewardship of God in faith.
  3. 1:10 Or kidnappers.
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Psalm 86

Psalm 86

A prayer of David.

Bend down, O Lord, and hear my prayer;
answer me, for I need your help.
Protect me, for I am devoted to you.
Save me, for I serve you and trust you.
You are my God.
Be merciful to me, O Lord,
for I am calling on you constantly.
Give me happiness, O Lord,
for I give myself to you.
O Lord, you are so good, so ready to forgive,
so full of unfailing love for all who ask for your help.
Listen closely to my prayer, O Lord;
hear my urgent cry.
I will call to you whenever I’m in trouble,
and you will answer me.

No pagan god is like you, O Lord.
None can do what you do!
All the nations you made
will come and bow before you, Lord;
they will praise your holy name.
10 For you are great and perform wonderful deeds.
You alone are God.

11 Teach me your ways, O Lord,
that I may live according to your truth!
Grant me purity of heart,
so that I may honor you.
12 With all my heart I will praise you, O Lord my God.
I will give glory to your name forever,
13 for your love for me is very great.
You have rescued me from the depths of death.[a]

14 O God, insolent people rise up against me;
a violent gang is trying to kill me.
You mean nothing to them.
15 But you, O Lord,
are a God of compassion and mercy,
slow to get angry
and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness.
16 Look down and have mercy on me.
Give your strength to your servant;
save me, the son of your servant.
17 Send me a sign of your favor.
Then those who hate me will be put to shame,
for you, O Lord, help and comfort me.

Footnotes:

  1. 86:13 Hebrew of Sheol.
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Proverbs 25:17

17 Don’t visit your neighbors too often,
or you will wear out your welcome.

New Living Translation (NLT)

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10/15/2021 DAB Transcript

Jeremiah 26:1-27:22, 2 Thessalonians 3:1-18, Psalms 85:1-13, Proverbs 25:16

Today is October 15th welcome to the Daily Audio Bible I am Brian it is wonderful to be here with you today. I guess pretty close to the center, right? Center of another of our months together as we continue our journey through the Scriptures this year. And we’ll pick up where we left off. That’s what we do every day. We’re in the book of Jeremiah and we’re reading from the New Living Translation this week. Jeremiah, chapters 26 and 27 today.

Commentary:

Okay, so we are continuing to journey through the book of Jeremiah, who is a biblical prophet prophesying from Jerusalem during the takeover of the Babylonian empire and the exile of the people to Babylon. Like tomorrow…in tomorrow’s reading we’re going to finally reach the famous…the…one of the most famous verses in the Bible, Jeremiah 29:11, right? “I know the plans that I have for you.” So, I’m just saying, have you been watching this whole story of Jeremiah? Are we watching this story even in today’s reading that leads up to that? Have we been hearing Jeremiah offer warning after warning pleading with the people to repent, to change their mind, to go in a different direction to return to God? So, for starters, they could have done that, right? And then they didn’t have to be in exile. They could have done what the Lord invited them to do, repent, return, come home, come back, remember how you got here in the first place, but they didn’t. And, so, in today’s reading, if…if we get the picture of what’s happening here, we’ll see just how hard it would’ve been for Jeremiah to do and it would also make sense why a mob formed with the intention to kill him. Jeremiah has been prophesying repentance for decades, a couple of decades now and they…I mean he began when things were peaceful and prosperous and now there’s a war but he’s…same message. And it seems like nobody’s listening. And, so, God tells Jeremiah to go to the temple. So, the holiest place within the holiest city. He’s to go there and say, and I’m quoting…I’m quoting from Jeremiah, “if you will not listen to me and obey my word I have given you, and if you will not listen to my servants the prophets, for I sent them again and again to warn you, but you would not listen to them then I will destroy this temple as I destroyed Shiloh the place with the tabernacle was located and I will make Jerusalem an object of cursing in every nation on earth.” You have to imagine a prophet…it’s like how do we modernize the context here? This is a prophet going to the most important place in a nation, so a nation’s capital, an important place to give a prophecy that…a prophecy to surrender, a prophecy that foretells the destruction of this important building or place. In this case we’re talking about the temple of God in the holy city of Jerusalem. So, in terms of biblical importance, there’s no more important place in the Bible and this in terms of a structure, a building. Jeremiah foretells that one possible outcome is going to be the destruction of the temple. Did…did Jesus not the same thing? Did He not get in the same trouble? Because you don’t speak against the Lord’s temple. That had been determined to be blasphemy or blasphemous. Ironically, Jeremiah prophesied…prophesied the destruction of the Temple and the temple was destroyed. Jesus talked about the destruction of the temple which happened to be the second Temple. It was rebuilt later, and it was also again destroyed. And, so, in Jerusalem there is no temple, there’s just a platform where it used to be, at least at this point and it is a highly contentious piece of real estate. Now we could be like, “what an awful thing the Lord asked Jeremiah to do. He’s set up to fail. How you go into the holy city into the holy site and…and talk about destruction without somebody getting’ mad?” So, it’s like God asked Jeremiah to do something that’s going to get him killed. Why, what’s the point? Well, we find the point right before God tells Jeremiah what to say, which is what we…we just read about the destruction of the temple. The verse before that God tells Jeremiah this. “Perhaps they will listen and turn from their evil ways, then I will change my mind about the disaster I am ready to pour out on them because of their sins.” So, in effect Jeremiah going into the holiest site in the holiest city and talking about its destruction was to tell the people about the outcome that was going to happen if they continue on the paths that they are walking, but there’s an alternative outcome. And if they would repent then He would change His mind about what’s gonna happen. In the end as we read, a mob formed with the intention of killing Jeremiah and there was a debate and in the end Jeremiah was spared and then he was invited to put a yoke on his neck and fasten it, sort of bind himself and go over to where a summit was happening in Jerusalem with King Zedekiah, the king of…of Judah in Jerusalem. But there were ambassadors from other countries there in Jerusalem from Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon. And Jeremiah was to speak in…in complete contradiction to what the other prophets were saying and he was to prophesy to all of them to surrender to Babylon instead of insisting on dying and to tell them that the other prophets were liars. So, yeah…Jeremiah had to step into a bunch of controversial stuff that is…who wants to do what he was asked to do? But he was the lone voice. He was the voice speaking for God offering a way out of destruction. And as it turns out nobody listened. And, so, exile did come. And we will continue that story tomorrow and encounter this famous passage, Jeremiah 29:11 in its context.

Prayer:

Father, we thank You for Your word. Each and every day there are new things for us to explore and mine and plant and cultivate and water and nurture. There’s no shortage of wisdom available to us that applies directly to the motives of our own hearts and our own thoughts and our own words. And, so, we are grateful. We are also grateful for these stories, these examples that show us what it actually looks like to live a life of faith. We can look at Jeremiah and when we begin to understand the context of the things that he’s facing and the kinds of stuff that he has do, we can understand, “okay, this person has to be willing to die. This person is completely sold out to this message whether he likes the job or not. He is obedient.” And, so, often when contrast that to our own lives we’re just looking for the easiest path to anything. And, so, Holy Spirit come. Help us to rewire the way we think things should go, that we might walk with You understanding that in any circumstance we can still walk in freedom, freedom that cannot be taken from us, identity that cannot be taken from us. Even if we are to be killed it can’t be taken from us. And that is our intimacy and relationship and trust in You. And, so, we want to hear these words. When people are invited to repent and change their mind in…in response to repentance You will also change the trajectory? Like, that we can collaborate and create a different outcome, that that is even possible and that that’s outlined over and over in the Scriptures, thank You for that because it’s time to make some changes. Holy Spirit lead us into the awareness of what needs to change and the confidence and self-control and ability to make the change as we surrender to You, and repent. We pray this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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Hello everyone in the Daily Audio Bible it’s been quite a few months since I called in last. My family and my husband and two small children and I moved across the country several months ago and it was in hopes of bettering our situation. And since we’ve gotten here things have just been extremely hard and our situation has gotten worse and worse. And it’s been really hard for me to find the motivation I guess to call in and I’m about 3 months or so behind on the readings and trying to catch up has been hard. My faith is really really struggling. I feel like my whole life I’ve just been kind of surviving through each hard season just waiting for things to get better even since my childhood. I just thought like hey if I could grow up then I…then I can make a better life. And I grew up and life just kept getting harder or it changed but stayed hard. And all the sacrifices we made to move across the country don’t even feel worth it anymore because things didn’t get better over here. And they’ve been getting worse and I’m just so exhausted. I’m just so exhausted of trying to survive through each season and I’ve been asking God for help for so long and it just doesn’t feel like He’s there. It doesn’t feel like He wants to help me. And I’m really struggling to hold on to my faith anymore and I’m honestly really struggling to find the point in my life anymore. And I just feel really defeated in every aspect like everything is against me and it’s really hard. So, I guess if you could pray for me and hope that I could see the course…

Good morning Daily Audio Bible community, To be a Blessing in California wanting to lift up Victoria Soldier. So, sorry for your loss. For Jesse and the challenges, you’re facing with your ADHD. As well As for Kathy from Kentucky. And the woman who called who’s at the last step of leaving her husband or resolving issues I should say around the domestic abuse and needing to find a place. I’m praying for you all. Praying for others as well. Just wanting you to know God is our refuge, He is our strong tower, that the righteous go in and they are protected. He keeps us He comforts us He upholds us. He blesses us, He looks upon us with tender love and He brings people into our lives. So, dear God I pray for everyone who is a part of this community. I pray especially for the ones that I mentioned and others who are in like circumstances. Dear God, will you please by Your Spirit draw into their lives, help them in making decisions, help them in being strong and receiving Your faith. And dear God that you would give them the hope and the courage and the strength that they need to move forward in all the activities you have before them. Love you much, folks. God bless you richly. To be a Blessing in California.

Hi, giving all praise glory and honor to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ who is the head of my life. This is Walking in the Wilderness in Georgia; Laura and I’m calling…I’m calling in to request prayer. I have a heavy heart this morning because my oldest who’s 34 who will shortly be 35 in a couple days is just so lost. And the only thing that gives me comfort is knowing that he has given his life to Christ many many years ago, raised in the church. He knows the Lord, but drugs and whatever chemical hormone imbalance in his brain is allowing him to walk a path that’s just not…that’s just not…it’s just conducive. And I have a granddaughter who’s 5, she just recently lost her mother at the age of 26. And my son, I thought this would be his bottom to get up and get his life right so that he can be the father to my granddaughter that he should be, that God has called him to be. And he’s just lost. He’s in and out of jail. He’s lost all of his friends because he’s burned bridges by stealing from them to, I guess continue his habits or whatever. And, so, I’m just asking for prayer for Christopher Nettles. I wasn’t going to say his name out loud, but you know what, I have to boldly…I have to boldly give him over to the Lord and I know that there is power in numbers. I’ve been lifting your children up and I pray that you lift my child up. Thank you, my DAB family. God bless. Peace.

Hello DAB family this is Sunset Cindy I’m calling October 10th and I wanted to give a praise report. Yesterday October 9th my prayer for my brother dairy Gary David aired. He’s homeless, drug addicted, we didn’t know where he was. Well, he called me this morning a day after you all prayed for him. Of course Jesus is in charge of his rescue. So, I’m very hopeful and very thankful. He’s still homeless. He said he's…he’s found a tent and a little propane heater, and he described his situation to me, and I said it’s going to get cold. We’re in the Pacific Northwest. And I said it’s going to get very wet and cold. And I told him that my DAB family was praying for him all over the world and he said thank you. And, so, I want to thank you and I want to praise and thank the Lord Jesus. He never takes His hands off his children. Love you. Bye.

Good morning, everybody it’s Susan from Canada God’s Yellow Flower calling, and I just heard James from the UK asking for prayer. So, let’s pray. Lord God James and his family are struggling. And I just pray your blessings upon them dear God. James’ plate is full to overflowing and he’s feeling very overwhelmed, and I pray dear God that You would just bring about peace and joy in his life. He has family concerns with his parents and his kids, and his wife. And I pray that You would be in the center of it all drawing them all together in Your love. I pray dear God that You would supply the strength and the wisdom that each and every one of them needs to overcome this difficult time. Be with them God in a very special way. Strengthen their faith and their love for You and each other in Jesus’ name I pray….

Hi this is Asia from Chicago. I know I haven’t called in in a while but I’m really struggling right now really, really, really, broke. So, yeah if you could just pray for a miracle. I just really…I know that God’s gonna provide for me but waiting on that is so hard and my anxiety is like crippling right now. So yeah, whoever hears this please pray for me. This is Asia from Chicago. Thank you, guys.

The Daily Audio Bible Reading for Friday October 15, 2021 (NIV)

Jeremiah 26-27

Jeremiah’s Escape from Death

26 This message came to Jeremiah from the Lord early in the reign of Jehoiakim son of Josiah,[a] king of Judah. “This is what the Lord says: Stand in the courtyard in front of the Temple of the Lord, and make an announcement to the people who have come there to worship from all over Judah. Give them my entire message; include every word. Perhaps they will listen and turn from their evil ways. Then I will change my mind about the disaster I am ready to pour out on them because of their sins.

“Say to them, ‘This is what the Lord says: If you will not listen to me and obey my word I have given you, and if you will not listen to my servants, the prophets—for I sent them again and again to warn you, but you would not listen to them— then I will destroy this Temple as I destroyed Shiloh, the place where the Tabernacle was located. And I will make Jerusalem an object of cursing in every nation on earth.’”

The priests, the prophets, and all the people listened to Jeremiah as he spoke in front of the Lord’s Temple. But when Jeremiah had finished his message, saying everything the Lord had told him to say, the priests and prophets and all the people at the Temple mobbed him. “Kill him!” they shouted. “What right do you have to prophesy in the Lord’s name that this Temple will be destroyed like Shiloh? What do you mean, saying that Jerusalem will be destroyed and left with no inhabitants?” And all the people threatened him as he stood in front of the Temple.

10 When the officials of Judah heard what was happening, they rushed over from the palace and sat down at the New Gate of the Temple to hold court. 11 The priests and prophets presented their accusations to the officials and the people. “This man should die!” they said. “You have heard with your own ears what a traitor he is, for he has prophesied against this city.”

12 Then Jeremiah spoke to the officials and the people in his own defense. “The Lord sent me to prophesy against this Temple and this city,” he said. “The Lord gave me every word that I have spoken. 13 But if you stop your sinning and begin to obey the Lord your God, he will change his mind about this disaster that he has announced against you. 14 As for me, I am in your hands—do with me as you think best. 15 But if you kill me, rest assured that you will be killing an innocent man! The responsibility for such a deed will lie on you, on this city, and on every person living in it. For it is absolutely true that the Lord sent me to speak every word you have heard.”

16 Then the officials and the people said to the priests and prophets, “This man does not deserve the death sentence, for he has spoken to us in the name of the Lord our God.”

17 Then some of the wise old men stood and spoke to all the people assembled there. 18 They said, “Remember when Micah of Moresheth prophesied during the reign of King Hezekiah of Judah. He told the people of Judah,

‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies says:
Mount Zion will be plowed like an open field;
Jerusalem will be reduced to ruins!
A thicket will grow on the heights
where the Temple now stands.’[b]

19 But did King Hezekiah and the people kill him for saying this? No, they turned from their sins and worshiped the Lord. They begged him for mercy. Then the Lord changed his mind about the terrible disaster he had pronounced against them. So we are about to do ourselves great harm.”

20 At this time Uriah son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-jearim was also prophesying for the Lord. And he predicted the same terrible disaster against the city and nation as Jeremiah did. 21 When King Jehoiakim and the army officers and officials heard what he was saying, the king sent someone to kill him. But Uriah heard about the plan and escaped in fear to Egypt. 22 Then King Jehoiakim sent Elnathan son of Acbor to Egypt along with several other men to capture Uriah. 23 They took him prisoner and brought him back to King Jehoiakim. The king then killed Uriah with a sword and had him buried in an unmarked grave.

24 Nevertheless, Ahikam son of Shaphan stood up for Jeremiah and persuaded the court not to turn him over to the mob to be killed.

Jeremiah Wears an Ox Yoke

27 This message came to Jeremiah from the Lord early in the reign of Zedekiah[c] son of Josiah, king of Judah.

This is what the Lord said to me: “Make a yoke, and fasten it on your neck with leather straps. Then send messages to the kings of Edom, Moab, Ammon, Tyre, and Sidon through their ambassadors who have come to see King Zedekiah in Jerusalem. Give them this message for their masters: ‘This is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says: With my great strength and powerful arm I made the earth and all its people and every animal. I can give these things of mine to anyone I choose. Now I will give your countries to King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon, who is my servant. I have put everything, even the wild animals, under his control. All the nations will serve him, his son, and his grandson until his time is up. Then many nations and great kings will conquer and rule over Babylon. So you must submit to Babylon’s king and serve him; put your neck under Babylon’s yoke! I will punish any nation that refuses to be his slave, says the Lord. I will send war, famine, and disease upon that nation until Babylon has conquered it.

“‘Do not listen to your false prophets, fortune-tellers, interpreters of dreams, mediums, and sorcerers who say, “The king of Babylon will not conquer you.” 10 They are all liars, and their lies will lead to your being driven out of your land. I will drive you out and send you far away to die. 11 But the people of any nation that submits to the king of Babylon will be allowed to stay in their own country to farm the land as usual. I, the Lord, have spoken!’”

12 Then I repeated this same message to King Zedekiah of Judah. “If you want to live, submit to the yoke of the king of Babylon and his people. 13 Why do you insist on dying—you and your people? Why should you choose war, famine, and disease, which the Lord will bring against every nation that refuses to submit to Babylon’s king? 14 Do not listen to the false prophets who keep telling you, ‘The king of Babylon will not conquer you.’ They are liars. 15 This is what the Lord says: ‘I have not sent these prophets! They are telling you lies in my name, so I will drive you from this land. You will all die—you and all these prophets, too.’”

16 Then I spoke to the priests and the people and said, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Do not listen to your prophets who claim that soon the gold articles taken from my Temple will be returned from Babylon. It is all a lie! 17 Do not listen to them. Surrender to the king of Babylon, and you will live. Why should this whole city be destroyed? 18 If they really are prophets and speak the Lord’s messages, let them pray to the Lord of Heaven’s Armies. Let them pray that the articles remaining in the Lord’s Temple and in the king’s palace and in the palaces of Jerusalem will not be carried away to Babylon!’

19 “For the Lord of Heaven’s Armies has spoken about the pillars in front of the Temple, the great bronze basin called the Sea, the water carts, and all the other ceremonial articles. 20 King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon left them here when he exiled Jehoiachin[d] son of Jehoiakim, king of Judah, to Babylon, along with all the other nobles of Judah and Jerusalem. 21 Yes, this is what the Lord of Heaven’s Armies, the God of Israel, says about the precious things still in the Temple, in the palace of Judah’s king, and in Jerusalem: 22 ‘They will all be carried away to Babylon and will stay there until I send for them,’ says the Lord. ‘Then I will bring them back to Jerusalem again.’”

Footnotes:

  1. 26:1 The first year of Jehoiakim’s reign was 608 B.c.
  2. 26:18 Mic 3:12.
  3. 27:1 As in some Hebrew manuscripts and Syriac version (see also 27:3, 12); most Hebrew manuscripts read Jehoiakim.
  4. 27:20 Hebrew Jeconiah, a variant spelling of Jehoiachin.
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2 Thessalonians 3

Paul’s Request for Prayer

Finally, dear brothers and sisters,[a] we ask you to pray for us. Pray that the Lord’s message will spread rapidly and be honored wherever it goes, just as when it came to you. Pray, too, that we will be rescued from wicked and evil people, for not everyone is a believer. But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one.[b] And we are confident in the Lord that you are doing and will continue to do the things we commanded you. May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.

An Exhortation to Proper Living

And now, dear brothers and sisters, we give you this command in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ: Stay away from all believers[c] who live idle lives and don’t follow the tradition they received[d] from us. For you know that you ought to imitate us. We were not idle when we were with you. We never accepted food from anyone without paying for it. We worked hard day and night so we would not be a burden to any of you. We certainly had the right to ask you to feed us, but we wanted to give you an example to follow. 10 Even while we were with you, we gave you this command: “Those unwilling to work will not get to eat.”

11 Yet we hear that some of you are living idle lives, refusing to work and meddling in other people’s business. 12 We command such people and urge them in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ to settle down and work to earn their own living. 13 As for the rest of you, dear brothers and sisters, never get tired of doing good.

14 Take note of those who refuse to obey what we say in this letter. Stay away from them so they will be ashamed. 15 Don’t think of them as enemies, but warn them as you would a brother or sister.[e]

Paul’s Final Greetings

16 Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.

17 HERE IS MY GREETING IN MY OWN HANDWRITING—PAUL. I DO THIS IN ALL MY LETTERS TO PROVE THEY ARE FROM ME.

18 May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all.

Footnotes:

  1. 3:1 Greek brothers; also in 3:6, 13.
  2. 3:3 Or from evil.
  3. 3:6a Greek from every brother.
  4. 3:6b Some manuscripts read you received.
  5. 3:15 Greek as a brother.
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Psalm 85

Psalm 85

For the choir director: A psalm of the descendants of Korah.

Lord, you poured out blessings on your land!
You restored the fortunes of Israel.[a]
You forgave the guilt of your people—
yes, you covered all their sins. Interlude
You held back your fury.
You kept back your blazing anger.

Now restore us again, O God of our salvation.
Put aside your anger against us once more.
Will you be angry with us always?
Will you prolong your wrath to all generations?
Won’t you revive us again,
so your people can rejoice in you?
Show us your unfailing love, O Lord,
and grant us your salvation.

I listen carefully to what God the Lord is saying,
for he speaks peace to his faithful people.
But let them not return to their foolish ways.
Surely his salvation is near to those who fear him,
so our land will be filled with his glory.

10 Unfailing love and truth have met together.
Righteousness and peace have kissed!
11 Truth springs up from the earth,
and righteousness smiles down from heaven.
12 Yes, the Lord pours down his blessings.
Our land will yield its bountiful harvest.
13 Righteousness goes as a herald before him,
preparing the way for his steps.

Footnotes:

  1. 85:1 Hebrew of Jacob. See note on 44:4.
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Proverbs 25:16

16 Do you like honey?
Don’t eat too much, or it will make you sick!

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